This is only a partial list. Please contact me with additions or changes to the list of mills and/or jobs. Any stories, recollections, photographs or history of the mills, their management and employees would be welcome. Click on the pics to get a larger version.
- Albion Mills, Ewood
- Alma Street Mill, Hartley Bros. Ciceley Bridge – in 1942 the mill, according to a newspaper cutting provided by Dorothy Speight, had reopened and had over 400 looms and was engaged in the production of plain cloths and satins for the home market and abroad.
- Aqueduct Mill, Ewood
- Baynes (John Baynes) - Top of Cicely, Higher Audley St. -
demolished for housing.
- Brittania Street Mill
- Buttertub Mill??
- Coddington's Mill, Audley
- Cotton Brothers Mill. Appleby St, Blackburn (closed 1960)
- Crossfield Mill in Crossfield Street, Grimshaw Park
- Duckworth Street Mill, off Redlam
- Eli Heyworth's Mill, Pringle Street, Audley
- Fernhurst Mill, Bolton Road, Ewood
- Hall Street Mill, Hall Street (Owd Bolton's?)
- Havelock Mill, Havelock Street, Mill Hill
- Higher Audley Street Mill, Higher Audley Street
- Hornby Mill (Hornby, past Mayor of Blackburn. William Henry Hornby was the first Mayor and
MP for Blackburn) - off Whalley New Road - closed around the time of WW II.
- Imperial Mill - where?
- Kent Street - near the canal at the top of Lower Audley
- Longshaw Mill, Rockcliffe Street, off Highfield Road
- Ordnance Spinning Mill (W D Coddington & Sons) - large fire
in March 1929.
- Owd Gant's - where?
- Owd Hoppet's - where?
- Owd Mike's - where?
- Pioneer Mill (owned by Frank Mercer), Mill Hill
- Prospect Mill (Burke) - far end of Walter Street, off Queens
- Parkside Mill - far end of Walter Street, off Queens Park
- Rockcliffe Mill - Patterson Street, off Mosley Street (near
the Infirmary). Owned by the Boltons.
- Roe Lee Mills - Roe Lee - visited in 1913 by King George V
and Queen Mary.
- Royshaw Mill - where
- Scotland Bank Mill, Scotland Bank Road, Livesey
- Stanley Street Mill - weaving and spinning, opened in 1851 and under William Birtwistle
- Swallow Street - off Brookhouse lane - demolished for
- Unity Mill, Pearson Street, Whalley Banks (became Dynamo &
- Waterfall Mill - Mill Hill.
- Wood Hut Mill, Compstey Street (back of Park Road), Lower
- Wharf Street (Birtwistle & Oddie) - on the canal side, top
Which Mill is this?
This picture was provided by email@example.com who says her great grandmother Ria Redding (Maria Hartley nee Redding) is in the middle row on the right. Can anyone identify any of the other people and can anyone identify the mill?
Foundries & Haulage
- Clayton and Goodfellow - bottom of Lower Audley Street and
- Crook & Thompson - coal merchant – Marjorie Lassey’s Uncle George is digging behind the wheelbarrow in this picture.
- Foster, Yates & Thom - foundry - closed in 1973.
- Kinder Brothers - haulage contractor - Canterbury Street.
- Duttons Salford Brewery (Thomas Dutton and his son, William
founded the company in Bow Street in 1799) - High Street.
- Matthew Brown/Lion Brewery - the Nuttalls owned the Lion Brewery until the 1920's when
Matthew Brown bought it. Scottish &Newcastle bought the thriving Matthew
Brown Brewery in 1985 and closed it in 1991.
- Thwaites Brewery (Daniel Thwaites, once MP for
- British Northop Loom Company - Philips Road, founded in 1902.
- Rowland Baguley and Co. - shuttle manufacturers, Addison Street
My thanks to
Keith Ferguson, ex-Blackburnian in Melbourne, Australia and his Mom-
in-Law and Aunty for their additions.
My thanks to Mr N Jowitt (BROWSHOLME@aol.com) for the information and picture of the annual mill day out between about 1950 and 1955 for Cotton Brothers Mill in Appleby St. who identifies his mother Jessie Jowitt (second row from the front, fourth from the left) and Annie Eagan immediately to her right who both lived in Ice Street Blackburn.
My thanks to Dorothy Speight for identifying Pickup Hartleys and her 1942 newspaper cutting about her grandfather who was Manager of the Pickup Hartley Alma Mill, Ciceley for over 50 years and her father Thomas Speight.
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