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Portrait of Silas Gibson, Leek

Silas Gibson was born in Leek in 1793. He was a silk manufacturer, who lived in Queen Street and latterly at Wall Hill with his son, Silas Jnr., also a silk manufacturer. Mr Gibson Snr. died in 1887, ...

Portrait of Sir Arthur Nicholson, Leek

Arthur Nicholson was born in Leek on July 15th 1842. He was educated at Leek Grammar School, before joining the firm, 'Brough, Nicholson & Co.', where his father Joshua was one of the partners. On 20th ...

Priory Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Priory Road was built in order to provide access to the town from the new suburb of the Westlands. The Silk Mill that was located on Friarswood Road can be seen on the right hand side of this photograph....

Recruitment Poster for Silk Piecers, Leek

Poster advertising vacancies at J. & J. Brough, Nicholson & Co., for girls of 11 and above.

Richard Cooper and Co. employees, The Wharf, Uttoxeter

Richard Cooper & Co., brought their corsetry and brassiere manufacturing business to Uttoxeter in 1890. The factory was housed in the old canal warehouse. This photograph is thought to have been taken ...

Rocester Cotton Mill

A view of the Cotton Mill at Rocester, showing the long east range built in about 1782 by Richard Arkwright. It was the major local employer until it closed in 1990. It was then purchased by JCB Excavators ...

Scarf boxing, Job White & Sons Ltd., Moorland Mill, Leek

These ladies are neatly packing scarves before tying the boxes with string. The picture was one of a number taken at Job White & Sons Ltd. during the year of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.

Shannon's Mill, Lichfield Street, Tamworth

A front view of Shannon's Mill, which was a clothing mill. The mill was originally built by Thomas Cooke senior.

Silk bobbins and loom, Thomas Whittles Ltd., Leek

Silk bobbins and loom set up at the Wellington Mills on Strangman Street. The mills were built in 1853 and owned for most of their working life by Thomas Whittles Ltd., a family firm which traded from ...

Silk bobbins, Thomas Whittles Ltd., Leek

Silk bobbins set up at the Wellington Mills on Strangman Street. The mills were built in 1853 and owned for most of their working life by Thomas Whittles Ltd., a family firm which traded from the premises ...

Silk thread manufacture, Thomas Whittles Ltd., Leek

Dyeing and washing silk thread at the Wellington Mills on Strangman Street. The mills were built in 1853 and owned for most of their working life by Thomas Whittles Ltd., a family firm which traded from ...

Silk winding machinery, Thomas Whittles Ltd., Leek

Silk winding machinery at the Wellington Mills on Strangman Street. The mills were built in 1853 and owned for most of their working life by Thomas Whittles Ltd., a family firm which traded from the ...

Silk winding machinery, Thomas Whittles Ltd., Leek

Silk winding machinery at the Wellington Mills on Strangman Street. The mills were built in 1853 and owned for most of their working life by Thomas Whittles Ltd., a family firm which traded from the ...

Silk winding machinery, Thomas Whittles Ltd., Leek

Silk winding machinery and operator at the Wellington Mills on Strangman Street. The mills were built in 1853 and owned for most of their working life by Thomas Whittles Ltd., a family firm which traded ...

Sir Thomas Wardle, Leek

Thomas Wardle was born on January 26 1831 to parents Joshua and Mary. His father was the owner of a silk dyeing business at Cheddleton Heath, which Thomas joined at the age of about 16, and was soon followed ...

Sir Thomas Wardle's house, 54 St. Edward Street, Leek

Staff at the Tape Mill, Cheadle

The mill workshop interior showing tape looms, with the workshop decorated for Christmas celebrations. Sarah Horden in the centre. The mills on Tape Street were built by J. & N. Philips of Tean, cotton ...

Stafford Laundry, circa 1960

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Stafford laundry was established in 1899. In 1952 its manager, Arthur Leese, recorded what went on behind the scenes, for showing at Womens Institutes and other societies. When I first started as a junior ...