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Robin Hood Mills 1 and 2
(No2 Mill also known as Albion Mill No5)

Photo taken on Lever St

A bomb landed in the mills lodge, you could see the wings on the back as it was stuck in nose first and it didn't go off, they called the bomb squaud round and they put sandbags in the street, and we all had to move out of the houses and spend a couple of nights in the Air Raid Shelters
Doreen Gill Class of 1950 July 2009

 

Updated September 21, 2015 3:05 PM

Timeline

1836 Old Robin Hood Mill, James Arrowsmith and Son

1848 Mill No1 built

1862 Old Mill (Lever St) destroyed by fire damage £16,000

1881 No1 Mill destroyed by fire damage £30,000 messrs Peter Cook and Sons

1882 Old Mill (Lever St) dismantled and site subsequently incorporated into Robin Hood Mills as Mill No2

1884 Peter Cook Ltd also at Moorlands Mill

1902 July 31st Shortly after five o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, a serious smash occurred at Messrs P. Crook and Sons, Robin Hood Mill No. 2, Lever St. which will throw about 150 people out of employment for several weeks.

The accident, which was of an extraordinary nature, occurred in the engine house, the powerful beam engine which drives the mill in question suddenly snapping in the centre, the front portion crashing through the engine house window, carrying everything with it, including the shafting, high pressure cylinder, etc., and completely wrecking the front of the building.
The engine has been at work for considerably over 20 years, and only a few minutes before the accident was working apparently as smoothly as ever. The smash came with alarming suddenness, but fortunately no personal injuries were sustained.

The effect of the shock was felt in the mill, the machinery coming to a sudden standstill, thus causing considerable consternation amongst the employees. The damage, which is covered by insurance, will probably amount to nearly £1,000.

1950 Mill No1 Woodeaves Co Ltd + Bowater's Paper Bags

1956 March 29 The latest acquisition of the Woodeaves Co. Ltd., a high-speed warp knitting machine weighing 6 tons. and capable of producing nylon fabric 168in wide, arrived at the company's Robin Hood Mill, Lever St Bolton to day.
The machine is claimed to be the fastest warp knitting machine in the world and it is British. It has 4,700 needles, and it knits 9,000,000 stitches a minute. The needles pass between guides with a 2,000th of an inch clearance on either side. They pass them 1,000 times a minutes.

1974 Woodeaves closed (Courtalds Group)

1985 Mill No1 Bolton Plastic Components Ltd and Mill No2 Sundour Fabrics Ltd -Burgess and Ledward Fabrics.

2007 Still in use.

 

 

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