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Henry Bannerman and Sons

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of 33 York Street, Manchester. (head office and warehouse)

of Moss Lane, Altrincham. (shirt factory)

Subsidiary Bannerman Mills Co, cotton spinners and manufacturers.

1924 British Empire Exhibition: Cotton Textile Industry:

Established ten years before the Battle of Waterloo (1805), the firm of Messrs. HENRY BANNERMAN & SONS LTD. , Cotton Spinners, Manufacturers and Merchants, is one of the best known in the country. It is indeed one of the oldest, if not the oldest, of the houses engaged in what is known as the heavy Manchester goods trade.

In its earlier days a good proportion of its business was in various kinds of fancy and seasonal goods for colonial outlets, but for the past 40 years it has turned its attention more particularly to developing a great home trade in Manchester goods.

In the warehouse in York Street Manchester it would be difficult to ask for any article in cotton manufacture without obtaining it, for the wide range of goods comprises the finest and the plainest, with endless varieties between. From calicoes and sheetings, up to the most delicate voiles and muslins and mercerised lawns, the variety is well-nigh infinite, while a not inconsiderable proportion of the firm's trade is done in shirts and underclothing.

In recent years the firm has built up, at its Brunswick Mill at Ancoats, a big business in shirtmaking and the manufacture of overalls, aprons, etc., and this section of the firm's activities is growing rapidly.

Cotton spinning processes are carried out at their Ancoats Mill, and weaving is done at the firm's mill at Dukinfield. The Brunswick Mill is one of the largest and best equipped spinning mills in the country ; indeed, it has long been regarded as a model of what a cotton factory should be.

Sir Charles Macara, the Chairman and Managing Director of the concern, and for so long President of the Federation of Master Cotton Spinners' Associations and of the International Cotton Federation, was one of the first, if not actually the first, of the cotton spinners and manufacturers of Lancashire to adopt electrical driving in the mills of which he is the head."[1]

1930 Acquired by the Lancashire Cotton Corporation.[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1924 British Empire Exhibition: Cotton Textile Industry
  2. The Times, March 26, 1931