There were a number of small industries in Bollington and
some are mentioned here.
This was an 18thC business run by the brothers Elias and
Peter Lomas. It was located where Brook House is today, on
The mill was water powered. The process also uses a lot of
water, and tanneries were notorious for polluting their local
Peter Lomas went on to build the first Waterhouse
mill on the site behind the tannery. It is not known
whether they kept the tannery going once the cotton mill
Turner Heath mill
This mill was located behind Turner Heath House, in Bollington
Road, when Philip Antrobus lived
there in the 1820s. Just a part of a wall remains. Little
evidence has been found regarding its purpose, though it
is possible that silk weaving was carried on there. Nothing
is known of its history.
There are a number of cottages in Bollington that were clearly
built with a garret (attic) floor to be used for home working,
usually weaving. There are some examples in Water
as well as the cottages at the bottom of Beeston
weaving was carried on at cottages in Clarke
Fulling mill / Waulk mill
Fulling and waulking are processes applied to wool. This
mill almost certainly pre-dates the cotton industry in Bollington.
While there is evidence that there was a fulling mill in
the valley of the river Dean, there is none to show where
it was! The most likely location is somewhere up Ingersley
Vale, near to the houses
there which carry the name of Waulk Mill. There is a high
probability that the two processes were carried out in the
same or adjacent premises.
Neaves Hat factory
This was located in Higher mill, just one of the many businesses
that have been located there over the years.
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that is presented in these pages. Please
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