Lawn Mills

This picture from the museum’s Chad Negative Collection just says Lawn Mills alterations. Can anyone add any information about Lawn Mills, did you work there? what were the alterations?

CHAD T4405 03

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  • Elizabeth Powell, ( Lizzy ) born  10th of December 1910. Left school at the age of 14, to start working at Lawn Mills on Rosemary Street. Commencing in 1924, she continued to work at the Mill until 1955. During that time, she had, and brought up 5 children. Her mother was always working in service, and moved a few times during her young life. When she started working at the mill, she lived with her mother at the school clinic, where her mother was the caretaker of the clinic.

    Elizabeth was what was known in mill terms, as a Doubler in the Doubling room. This room was at the rear of the mill looking onto Ruth Street. A very noisy room, full of machines that made one heck of a noise when in operation.  Don’t fully know what the machines did, but I imagine they spun the raw cotton onto bobbins.  Her Overlooker was a man known as Mr Butcher. No pun intended, but he was always called Butch. Very often the Overlooker and Elizabeth had half the room apiece to keep going, she often came home in the evening worn out. So it wasn’t an easy life, starting at 7.30.am and finishing at 5.30 pm in the evening. 

    I am sure Elizabeth told me that Mr. Linney, who owned the Local Paper in the town was one of the owners of the mill.

    However, I am proud to say that Miss Powell became Mrs Allsop,  I was Lucky enough to meet, and eventually marry her second eldest daughter Iris. Which gave me entrance into a wonderful Allsop family.

    By Alan Curtis (17/12/2015)

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