Brook Mill now from my album 2007
Valley Mill from my album 2007
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
There is nothing you cannot find with modern computers! Can you
estimate it's age?
26 Cherrywood Drive
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.
Photo courtesy of Dave Stephenson
December 23, 2016 8:30 PM
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.
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.
Photo courtesy of Liz Haworth
Photo courtesy of Liz Haworth