Industrial Heritage - A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Accrington
Industrial Heritage - A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Accrington (Including the villages of Altham, Huncoat and Baxenden), by Michael Rothwell
Published privately by the author in 1979, 54 pages. A4 size booklet (S7222)
From the introduction: Accrington is one of a number of manufacturing towns situated in North East Lancashire. The town is basically a creation of nineteenth century industrial development and owes much of its existence to textiles. Although cotton was by far the largest industry a number of secondary trades, principally coal mining, engineering and brick making, added to the town's rapid growth in the latter part of the 19th century.
Three villages are also included in this survey - Baxenden and hincoat (which are now almost part of the urban perimeter of the town), and Altham, an ancient manor which retains much of its long established agricultural character.
Within the booklet, a historical outline is followed by a brief summary of the existing remains and buildings. Where applicable, machinery used, numbers employed and general products are also noted.
There are chapters on the textile industry, coal mining, engineering, brickmaking and quarrying, other industries, and service industry and transport.
Condition of the booklet is generally ok. The cover has several minor scuffs, blemishes and creases, and some light nibbling and creasing along the edges and corners, but incide all pages are intact, unblemished and bound. Please note this booklet was produced privately, and so lacks the finish of a more 'proffessional publication'. But this in no way detracts from its fascinating contents!