December 12, 2008 11:18 PM
1850 - 1887 Built
1947 May 14th At both Earl's Court, London, and Castle
William Walker and Sons provided one of the highlights of the British
In the leather section at Earl's Court, the firm has a compact
little cinema, the only one in the Fair, showing the film 'From Hide
to Sole', as an adjunct to its stand, and at Birmingham, the stand of
Rev. Motors, Knowsley House, Bolton, is showing the smallest electric
motor in the world. It is used for special, highly-sensitive scientific
1974 Apr 21st, The odds against getting 48 yolks from
30 eggs were described as 'absolutely fantastic' by a poultry expert
- but that is exactly what happened to Bolton woman, Mrs Alice Stansfield.
Mrs Stansfield, of Eckersley Road, works in the canteen at Walker's
Rose Hill Tannery, and had a tray of 30 eggs to poach for the workers'
lunch. The first egg was a treble-yolker, the next 14 had two yolks
each, and the last 15 gave her another 17 yolks.
2004 June 9th
Many people in Bolton will have memories of William Walker and Sons
Ltd, the Bolton tannery firm.
It was founded in 1823 by William Walker of Haughton-le-Skerne, Durham,
in conjunction with James Chadwick.
The output in King Street, Bolton, was chiefly shoe and clog leather,
but Mr Walker saw great possibilities for the manufacture of belting
for driving the new machinery at the cotton mills and engineering works
which were springing up throughout Lancashire. The company developed
and became one of Bolton's major success stories.
It moved to its Rose Hill Tannery site in 1850 and celebrated its 150th
anniversary in March, 1973, by which time it was a member of the Barrow
Hepburn Group. There was a dinner at Bolton Town Hall for the firm's
In July that year a lunch was given for the firm's pensioners, and gold
watches were presented to 69 present and former employees in recognition
of 35 years' continuous working service.
Mr GW Odey, chairman of the Barrow Hepburn Group, told 200 people at
the lunch that although the British tannery industry had been passing
through a stormy period, the skies were now clearing. But there could
be no denying that the British leather industry had been contracting,
especially in the field of shoe sole leather.
He added: "This generation will suffer for the lack of leather
on their feet in future for many years to come."
The skies might have been clearing at the convivial lunch, but they
soon clouded over again and the closure of the famous old tannery was
announced in January, 1978.
The following year it was briefly revived in an ill-fated company -
Walker Bolton - but workers lost money when it folded in April, 1982.
An Evening News reporter and photographer visited Rose Hill in April,
He wrote: "Every week the 470 workers turn 6,000 hairy, smelly
hides into high-grade leathers for every purpose under the sun. Their
products go to the ends of the earth for conversion into shoes, fashion
wear, handbangs, hats, brief cases, schoolbags.
"You name it, leather can make it."
But the world changed soon after and a famous local firm disappeared
2007 July 26th Planning permission is being sought
to build an office building at the site of a former tannery.Lincoln
Limited wants to put up a five-storey office block with parking at the
site of Rosehill Tannery, Nelson Street, Great Lever.
2008 March, demolished