|Edward Bolton, in partnership with his brother Thomas was responsible for the building of Manor Mill in 1862. To the consternation of local people he installed the first power looms in 1862, workers feared that this advance in technology would threaten the traditional methods of cloth production but soon adapted to the new regime. James Ives leased the company from the Bolton brothers shortly afterwards. This photo was taken by Ernest Slater who was a manager at Manor Mill as well as being a prolific amateur photographer.
Edward was baptised on April 30th, 1826 the son of clothier John and his wife Sarah. He married Eliza Parkinson (the daughter of another clothier) in 1851 and they lived in Queen Street.
Ten years later his entry on the census showed their four children, that he was a cloth manufacturer who employed one hundred men, fifty women, thirty girls and forty boys.
In addition, he was a farmer of twenty acres – and all at thirty-five.
Probate records tell of the death of Edward Bolton, gentleman, on May 12th 1870.
Additional research by Helen M.
14 January 2023
Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 02 August 2022.
Last updated: 14 January 2023 – Photo ID: B839 – Additional text.