Until the mid-18th century textiles were produced by hand in a domestic setting. The invention of a succession of machines automated the process of spinning, greatly increasing output of spun yarn, and brought about profound changes which we now call the Industrial Revolution. The damp climate of north west England, the ready availability of hill streams to provide water power, and the proximity of Liverpool, the major port for cotton imports, made the region ideally suited for the growth of the cotton textile industry. This talk explores the developments, focusing on the Marple and Mellor area.
(left: Holly Vale mills in the 1930s)