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OT16b

Duration 26 minutes 06 seconds recorded on the 1st June 2001


1955 Started working at Porritt's. Early retirement 1977.


About 700 employees


Cotton side


Woollen side:


Different departments; warehouse, blending, felting, maintenance, main office, devilling hole, card rooms, weaving, spinning, washing & stretching,

 drying, finishing, winding


Mules & old carding engines in 1955, line shafts


1957-5 New machines - independent motor drives


woollen bales - sorting


Synthetic fibres - staple


Change from wool to synthetic


Carding & scribbling


New carding engines & ring frames


Harold Robinson - manager


William Goodwin - supervisor


Spinning


weaving looms' widths, Lancashire loom


Felts - paper making trade


Filter cloths - printing trade


Processing felts: joining (endless), drying, stretching


Cotton felts, & later, wires(synthetic) for paper trade


150 year Anniversary formation of company.. -.presentation blankets to workers


Employees - maintenance 24hr

  lots of job changing

accidents

 female workers} skill


Canteen


Coach transport


Decline of trade


Carpet yarns


c 1975 Factory unsafe for heavy new machines


Carding engines & ring frames moved to Bury


Transportation of goods


Carriers - I .C.I.


Water supply - moors, reservoir


Col. Porritt, Lieut. Porritt - Territorials


Harold ? (stayed with Lieut. Porritt after he was shot in France)


Workers' profitable sidelines at factory - washing overalls, hairdressing, thieving


Dispatch department


Line shafts, ring frame & carding engine motors

Moving machinery