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Miles and Thomas Edwards

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Cotton producers of Kent Street, London.

They owned what was doubtless a rare example of a cotton mill in London. Based on the type of machinery installed, they took in raw cotton and turned out yarn.

1797 Bankruptcy notice: Miles Edwards and Thomas Edwards, of Kent Street, Southwark, Cotton Manufacturers. [1]

1797 Advertisement: 'To be SOLD by AUCTION, by Messrs GRIFFITH and Co at Garraways Coffee House, Cornhill, London, On Friday the 16th June, 1797, at 12 o’Clock, by Order of the Assgnees of Messrs Miles and Tho. Edwards, Cotton Spinners, Bankrupts;
All those Well-built Premises, in Kent-street, Southwark, together with all the Implements and Machinery used in the above Line; consisting of a most capital Steam Engine, made by Messrs. Bateman and Sharrat, of Manchester, six Inch Cylinder Trimming Engines, five ditto Hopper Engines, three ditto Billy Engines, ..... Cotton Picker, with two Cylinders, and Shafts and Drums to drive the whole, .... Emery Cylinder, to grind Cards, thirteen Spinning Jennies, with 108 Spindles each, ditto with 92 Spindles, ten ditto with 44 Spindles each, two ditto with 64 Spindles, and one with 70 Spindles, five Reels, with 24 Spindles each, Winding and Balling Wheels, Turning Lathe, with tools, and various other Implements and Machinery of the last Improvement, suited to the above Business ; the whole in the most perfect State, and will be sold in one lot.
The Premises which are 330 Feet by 120, and are held for a term of fifty-eight Years........ '[2]


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Sources of Information

  1. Oxford Journal, 8 April 1797
  2. Manchester Mercury, 13 June 1797