September 21, 2015 3:05 PM
1857 - 1900 Built. John Harwood and Son
1872 June 25th A terrific thunderstorm passed over
Bolton and neighbourhood on Monday afternoon between four and five o'clock.
The peals of thunder were deafening, accompanied by exceedingly vivid
flashes of lightning, succeeded by torrents of rain, which continued
to fall for about a couple of hours. At Great Lever, just outside the
boundary, the electric fluid struck the chimney of the Mill, belonging
to Messrs John Harwood and Son. The Mill is sixteen windows in length,
and contains 40,000 spindles, employing 230 hands. The lightning conductor
on the chimney was twisted into a zigzag shape, and several of the large
coping stones were knocked off. The electric fluid appears to have entered
the carding room, where it set fire to several of the frames, and the
flames raged for fifteen or twenty minutes. The damage is estimated
at about £300, which is covered by insurance in the Sun, West
of England, Royal, Commercial, Union and Alliance offices.
Sept 11th 1874 On Wednesday morning, at Messrs John
Harwood and Sons mill, Great Lever, Henry Sheffield, residing at 5 Whittaker
St met with a very serious accident. Sheffield, who is a man of over
thirty years of age, was employed as a spinner, and it is supposed that
immediately before the accident occurred -about half past nine o'clock
- he had occasion to use his screwkey to do something at one of the
mules. The key would appear to have become fast in the rim of the mule,
the consequence that the rim was split in two. One part of the rim then
caught Sheffield a most terrific blow on the forehead, smashing in the
skull and knocking him violently down. Whilst down, the other mule ran
over one of his toes. The injuries that Sheffield has received are very
serious, and it was doubtful this morning whether he would recover.
1925 John Harwood and Son Ltd.
1950s Farnworth Engineering C Ltd
1984 Demolished and site cleared.