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Chorlton Twist Co

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in Manchester

1802 'About noon on Wednesday se'nnight, one of the rooms in the spinning factory belonging to the Chorlton Twist Company, took fire, but it was extinguished without doing extensive damage; fortunately the work people had not left the factory for dinner when it was discovered, or in all probability the whole of that majestic building, the largest in the neighbourhood of Manchester, would have been destroyed.'[1]

1809 Advert: 'Excellent Machinery, etc. To be SOLD by AUCTION, by Mr GOODIER at a Factory late in the occupation of the Chorlton Twist Company, situate near Oxford Road, Manchester, on Wednesday the day 9th day of August, 1809, comprising 26 Carding Engines, 18 inches, with cards, 11 ditto ditto, 40 ditto, with ditto, 5 Stretchers. 96 spindles each, 2 of 120 spindles each, and 1 of 90 spindles; 9 drawing frames, 8 boxes each, 9 roving frames, of 4 and 5 boxes each ; 1 ditto ditto, 6 ditto,1 ditto ditto, six boxes , 18 mules 348 spindles each, 16 inch rollers; 28 ditto, 180 ditto ditto, 16 ditto ; 4 Twisting Frames, 100 spin- dles each, 1 of 120 and 1 of 128 spindles; 70 cop and 8 bobbin reels, from 20 to 80 spindles; a number cotton cans, skeleton cans, doffing tins, skips of all sorts, bobbins, straps, counter drums, gallowses, &c. also one double cylindered devil, nearly new.
Particulars will be expressed in catalogues, which may be had of the Auctioneer, 6, Green-street ; and the whole may viewed the day before the sale, by applying on the premises. Sale to begin at ten o'clock.'[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Carlisle Journal - Saturday 11 December 1802
  2. Manchester Mercury, 8 August 1809