Spen Industry & Commerce

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Spen Industry & Commerce

The Spen Valley has a remarkable history of industry & commerce, which is fast disappearing. In order to capture this and create a record for future generations, Spen Valley Civic Society started a pilot project in 2014 to gather information about key industrial and business figures. Through the local paper, we're asking the public to tell us their reminiscences and show us their pictures about life in the mills and factories. We've had a wonderful response so far.

Our pilot project covers 12 companies: Phelon & Moore (motorcycle manufacturers). BBA (British Belting & Asbestos woven belting company). Cooke & Sons. Critchley Sharp and Tetlow, card clothing manufacturers. Willian Rouse Carriage makers. William Sugden shirtmakers. Thorntons & Chadwicks textile machine manufacturers. Henry Ellison's Yorkshire Tar Distillers. George Anderton worsted spinners.Charles Hirst & Sons, wiredrawers (later Bridon Wire). Henry Cockill & Sons' leather belting company. P & C Garnett Ltd

If you or any relatives have photos, documents or memories concerning these companies which you're willing to share, please contact Spen Valley Civic Society!

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