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Records of the Bleachers' Association
Records of the Bleachers' Association
c.1804-1960s
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Includes minutes, reports, financial records, newspaper cuttings and staff records of the Bleachers' Association. Also contains records including minutes, financial records, pattern books, inventories and other records of associated companies in Greater Manchester.
Title:
Records of the Bleachers' Association
Date of work:
c.1804-1960s
Reference number:
GB124.BAA
Level of description:
Fonds
Custodial history:
The Bleacher's Association was created in June 1900, amalgamating around 60 businesses in bleaching and finishing of cotton goods. These were mainly in Lancashire to exploit the monopoly of water supply, but included some in Scotland and Northern Ireland. After its formation, the Bleacher's Association continued to buy up its competitors and to make trade-sharing agreements with the Calico Printers and Bradford Dyers. Between 1901 and 1910 nine works were purchased and a further 21 works were purchased after World War I. The Association opened its new headquarters, Blackfriars House, in 1926, and its silver jubilee was commemorated by the publication of Jack Sykes's 'Concerning the Bleaching Industry' (our ref Q667.1B21/a). However the success of the Bleacher's Association in maintaining high profits on a declining volume of trade could not last. Prices were reduced in 1928 and from then on trade was severely restricted by the long term decline in export of British textiles.
Use restrictions:
Unrestricted
Record types:
COLLECTION
Language:
English
Record number:
7183276
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