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Butterworth and Dickinson

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1920s. Fitting Shop.

‎‎ Butterworth and Dickinson of the Globe and Saunder Bank Ironworks at Burnley

See John Butterworth, his son Thomas Butterworth, and his son William Dickinson Butterworth

1820 Company founded.

1872 formerly Wilkinson and Co and becomes Butterworth and Dickinson

1891 Makers of looms. [1]

1913 '...James Butterworth married the sister of Samuel Wilkinson, iron founder, Saunder’s Bank, who was a bachelor, and died such. His nephews, Wilkinson, Butterworth, and Dickinson, inherited their uncle’s business iron founders. I think one nephew sold his interest, and the business was carried on as Butterworth and Dickinson. The senior partner was the second son James Butterworth, who long occupied this modernised Elizabethan house Church street. The eldest son of James Butterworth was called Thomas, and was provided for by his uncle John Butterworth....'[2]

1936 Makers of looms and preparing machinery.

Loom. Exhibit at Queen Street Mill Museum

1902 Private company.

1953 Company made public.

1961 Textile machinists, manufacturing looms, bobbins and preparation machinery for cotton, linen, silk and worsted goods. 300 employees. [3]

2019 Notes from a correspondent.[4]

Here are the couple of photos that I mentioned in my previous email. One is of the fitting shop in the 1920s when the company was in its heyday. The fitting shop was where the various parts of the loom were assembled. The measurements had to be very precise. If exporting they were later dismantled and put in large wooden packing cases and sent by canal, which ran beside the factory and on to Liverpool to be shipped abroad. Frequently a ‘fitter’ was also sent abroad to reassemble the looms or train people how to do it. The other photo is of the employers at the Globe Works at Saunder Bank ( a place that still exists) before the large factory was built at Rosegrove in the twenties. We all knew it as the Saunder Bank works

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Directory 1891 Worrall's Cotton Spinners
  2. Burnley Express - Saturday 26 April 1913
  3. 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  4. VG(B) 20191117
  • The Textile Manufacturer Year Book 1936. Published by Emmott and Co. Advert on p40