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4th August 2016 at 10:19 #277

Chris Bennett
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Mill Vale Paper Mill
Address Horwich, Lancashire,
Nat Grid Location SD 635111
Companies Cooke & Nuttall Ltd
English Mill Excise No 573
Status Shut during 1970 to 2015
Est. Papermaking Start Date 1862
Date Closed 1-Oct-1983
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Link1 http://www.blackrod.org.uk/industry_candn.html
Link2 http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/0d1aaa16-e34d-4a0d-9b54-729094f8b081

15th February 2017 at 18:36 #649

McAinscough
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I remember Cooke & Nuttall paper mill in Horwich very well. My father, John Ralph Ainscough, started work there in 1939 as a laboratory assistant and, after being demobbed from the RAF in 1946 and working at the Edward Collins paper mill in Glasgow, returned to Horwich in 1955, becoming Chief Chemist at Cooke & Nuttall. The mill was reached by a narrow lane (Star Lane) running off Crown Lane, and I visited the laboratory and the machine rooms several times between 1951 and 1957.

7th June 2018 at 12:10 #839

michaelhough
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This mill was known as Cooke & Nuttall Ltd and the address was Vale Paper Mills, Star Lane, Horwich, Lancashire. The mill closed in December 1980 after several years of unprofitable trading. After many years the site was eventually redeveloped for housing with the entirely inappropriate name of Butterwick Fields.

The site and water supply were also shared with 2 cotton bleaching works – Star Bleaching and Jolly & Jackson which later formed part of the Bleachers Association.

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