Fine Spinners and Doublers
Fine Spinners and Doublers was a major cotton spinning business based in Manchester.
1898 Fine Cotton Spinners and Doublers Association, formed from a group of spinning companies specialising in fine Sea Island Cottons, was registered on 31 March 1898. It had the objective of promoting the interests of cotton spinners in North West England.
- A. and G. Murray
- Thomas Houldsworth and Co
- C. E. Bennett and Co
- James and Wainwright Bellhouse
- McConnel and Co
Many more firms followed in subsequent years.
The new association was vast compared with its competitors and its large size enabled it to secure its supplies of cotton from Sea Island and Egypt. For thirty years it was the world's largest cotton-spinning concern, expanding to operate 60 mills and employ 30,000 operatives.
1915 the vice-president, McConne, was on the RMS Lusitania when she was sunk by enemy action. He survived and wrote an account of the sinking which was published in the Manchester Guardian.
1946 the name of the business was changed to Fine Spinners and Doublers Limited.
During the next five years there was a sustained boom in the textile industry owing to the worldwide shortage of cotton goods. Yarn production increased by 50 percent but output contracted by 28 percent; the Lancashire industry had collapsed.
1955 Acquired W. M. Christy and Sons.
1963 Fine Spinners and Doublers was acquired by Courtaulds.
Sources of Information
- The Times, July 2, 1956
- The Times, March 22, 1958
- The Times, October 28, 1958
- The Times, November 7, 1958
- The Times, January 15, 1959
- The Times, August 29, 1961
-  Wikipedia