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Edward Tootal Broadhurst

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Cotton manufacturer

1858 Born in Cheetham, son of Henry Tootal Broadhurst and his wife Mary

Educated at Winchester

1876 Joined the family firm Tootals

1887 Married Charlotte Jane Ashton, daughter of a prominent Hyde cotton manufacturer

1880s/90s Responsible for the financial side of the business, leaving management of the mills to Harold Lee, son of Henry Lee.

Represented the firm on the board of the British Northrop Loom Co, which made advanced American "automatic" looms, and on the council of the British Cotton Growing Association.

1907 Became chairman of the company in 1907

Concentrated production in the best mills: Sunnyside Mills, Bolton, and Ten Acres Mill, Newton Heath and Hemming Works near Manchester.

1912 Sunnyside was converted from steam to electric power, and two new weaving sheds were built.

WWI brought Tootals even higher profits which continued for the early years after the war.

1922 Died in Leeds

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Sources of Information

  • Biography of Sir Edward Tootal Broadhurst, ODNB