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Eagley Mills

Brook Mill now from my album 2007

Valley Mill from my album 2007

May 2013

Hello,
Today I was looking through the contents of a small varnished wooden box which is about 5 1/2 by 41/2 x by 3 1/2 inches which my great aunt gave me. On the inside of the hinged lid was a label "James Chadwick and Bros. Eagley Mills, Bolton. It also mentioned Chadwicks super six cord sewing cotton. It probably contained spools of sewing cotton and sewing supplies.
My great aunt had lived in Harbour Grace Newfoundland in the middle of the 1800's.
I did a search with Google and found
"http:www.stmarksbolton.webspace" etc. which led me your message.
There is nothing you cannot find with modern computers! Can you estimate it's age?

Dave
D. A.Stevenson
26 Cherrywood Drive
Ottawa,ON
K2H 6G7

My Reply

Hi Dave

The article was made circa 1894, the numerals 50 are for the number of years that the Chadwick Super Six Cord had been in existence, I have a newspaper cutting from 3 Sep 1884 similar to below but with the numerals showing 40,

In 1896 the company became a ‘Limited Company’ and the letters Ltd do not appear on your box.
So you now have the age of your box which is 117 years old.

Regards
David

Photo courtesy of Dave Stephenson

Updated December 23, 2016 8:30 PM

Timeline

1796 Built John Wakefield.

1820 James Chadwick and Brother.

1886 October, fire damage £40.000.

1896 James Chadwick and Brother Ltd.

1950 James Chadwick and Brother Ltd + United Thread Mills Ltd (J and P Coats Ltd).

1972 Jan 21st Nearly 600 workers at Bolton's giant Eagley Mills were this afternoon told that they are soon to lose their jobs. Workers were called together to be told by a director of J and P Coats that the factory - regarded as the 'Rock of Gibraltar' among Bolton textile firms - is to die in June.
At the same time, Littlewoods Mail Order Ltd, at Croal Mill, were announcing 300 redundancies, making it the blackest day in Bolton for many years.

1972 June 16th Half the 600 strong workforce of the doomed Eagley Mills, which ceases production in a week, have found other jobs. The 300 employees have either been at other work for several weeks or are about to start work, most of them with other local textile companies. The rest of the firm's employees have either not found other jobs, or not seeking further employment, or have retired, said Mr W.S. Renfrew, general manager of the mills.

1972 Closed - J and P Coats (Uk) Ltd

1974 February 16th
New industrial life is returning to Eagley Mills, Bolton, which apart from a small section, has been closed for two years. Two associated firms, Harrington (London) Ltd of Turton and the Northgate Group Ltd have bought the No. 3 mill (the Twist Mill) in the Eagley complex, and are starting to recruit a workforce of up to 400 people between them.

1985 Multiple industrial uses including Littlewoods PLC. Now known as Eagley Industrial Estate

2007 Mills have now been renovated into residential apartments.

Jul 2013

Dear David

Here are some pictures of my Chadwick's thread box. I would just like to know how old it is, what its original use was (ie for customers or was it used by sales reps?) and really anything else you can deduce from the photos. Others I have seen on-line are plain box shapes but mine has shaped sides. It is 11cm by 6.5cm by 5cm high and has pretty patterned (? thin brass) hinges and clasp. The wood is dark-stained and the picture (a lithograph?) is of a little boy carrying a crop and wearing a riding hat, and he has a little terrier at his feet.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your help in this.

Liz

My Reply

Hi Liz

Between 1884-1893.

David

Photo courtesy of Liz Haworth

Photo courtesy of Liz Haworth

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