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4th August 2016 at 10:00 #274

Chris Bennett


Mill Spring Side Mills
Address Belmont Road, Bolton, Lancashire,
Nat Grid Location SD 692151
Companies Courtaulds; Charles Turner; Kruger
English Mill Excise No 207
Status Shut during 1970 to 2015
Est. Papermaking Start Date 1837
Date Closed 2006
Link1 http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/773577.42_jobs_axed_as_mill_shuts/


7th June 2018 at 12:44 #842


I worked at the Springside Mills of Charles Turner & C0 Ltd at Belmont, Bolton for a short period in the early 1980s when it had 4 paper machines, 3 of which were producing tissue and wadding with the large conventional Fourdrinier machine producing a range of speciality products from printings and writings to the base paper for silicone release liner. There was an extensive range of converting facilities on site for producing toilet and towelling rolls, incontinence sheets and pads. Jumbo reels of toilet tissue were also sold to a few local independent converters. In the past, under the ownership of Courtaulds Ltd, the site was involved with the attempted development of a smoking tobacco substitute known as New Smoking Material (NSW). After I left in August 1984, the Fourdrinier paper machine was scheduled for closure due to it’s unprofitability – this put the manufacturers of the silicone release liners in a panic about future supplies and therefore they put in extra orders and offered to pay more !!

The person I most remember was Mr Ron Haigh, the mill manager – a pipe smoking papermaker of the old school who seemed to know everything.

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