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Rose Hill Tannery

Photo from my album 2007

 

Updated December 12, 2008 11:18 PM

Timeline

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 Industries Fair.
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 instruments.

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 350 employees.
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, 1977.
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 forever.

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

 

 

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