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Woodside Mills No 1 and 2

Once situated on Division St, between Rupert St and Rishton lane

 

Updated September 21, 2015 3:05 PM

Timeline

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.

1958 Closed.

1950s Farnworth Engineering C Ltd

1984 Demolished and site cleared.

 

 

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