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The Rossendale Valley has many interesting mills, many built for the woolen or cotton trade and when that industry fell into decline many were used for the footwear industry. The only purpose built factory was E Sutton and Son - Riverside which stands on the site of the old railway siding and India mill.

The 1800's was a time of building mills:-

  • 1830 – 1839   11 mills built
  • 1840 – 1849  20 mills built
  • 1850 – 1859  45 mills built
  • 1860 – 1867  18 mills built

By 1869 there were 19500 people employed in the mills and by 1879 the end of the 'golden years' saw many empty mills. Of the 100 mills or so in the valley 35 mills were on short time, 6 smaller mills were working full time and the rest had closed.

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