Littleborough’s History

Littleborough - Mills in and around

There were many mills in the Littleborough Area ranging from Woollen and Fulling Mills to numerous cotton Mills together with the associated Bleachers and Dyers etc.. This page includes a small selection of the many mills.






Booth Hollins Mill (above) dates to the early 18th century when it was originally built as a farm.The barn was then converted into a water powered Fulling mill, later a single storey extension was built and the mill was used for spinning wool (probably originally using water frames)  a second storey was then added and the mill converted to mule spinning. Later a small steam engine was installed to provide power when water supplies were low. It ended it's commercial days as a fell mongers processing skins prior to tanning, this closed in 1938. The building still exists and is used by a local farmer.

                                                                                                                                                              

Python Mill (right) - enlarged from Aerial Photograph of Littleborough was originally built as an asbestos factory and later taken over by the Dutch company Breda Visada to produce artificial silk (rayon). In later years it was taken over by British Enka textiles and became known as British Visada closing down in the 1960's. The site is still used for industry with the engine house still extant (but in alternative usage). The lodge in the front is now the IMO car wash on Featherstall Road



                                                                       

Shore Mill (left) (Land Lake Works) This mill was built late 19th/early 20th century, it was the second mill opened by Clegg's in order to expand production of their cotton products. They were famous locally for producing Shore Sheets. The mill ceased textile production in the 1960's and was used for a number of years by Ashe Chemicals who made pharmaceutical products, this ceasing in the 1980's. The site of the mill is now occupied by housing but the Company’s War Memorial still remains within a remembrance garden.

Uber Mill (right) - situated beside the canal at Durn and was a typical 19th century stone built textile mill (probably cotton). It burnt down in 1918 and was demolished and never rebuilt. A local garage now occupies part of the site. Frankfort mill (also now demolished) can be seen just behind the chimney. It was situated across the road between the canal and the railway line. It is now (September 2017 being developed for housing).


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