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Bidston Slitting Mill

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in Bidston, on the Wirral in Cheshire

Bidston was also known at one time as Bidstone.

'.... in April 1759 there was advertised a sale of Bidstone Mills, tide-water corn mills, situated on a creek or pool leading from the river Mersey ; and from the description given they must at one time have done a large business, not only in grinding corn, but also for treating ironwork by a slitting mill, capable of slitting and rolling five tons hoops or eighteen tons bar iron in a week, and able to accommodate vessels of 100 tons burthen.'[1]

1759 advert here. Tide mill with two waterwheels 18 ft diameter.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire for the year 1912, Vol LXIV