WW1 Munitions

WW1 Munitions

WW1 Munitions Irwell mill and it's involvement in WW1. A First World War National Shell Factory was established at Irwell Mill, Bacup, in December 1915. The mill had formerly been used as a weaving shed but was offered rent free by its owner and required only a few...
The River Irwell

The River Irwell

Irwell The hardest working river. The River Irwell is a 39-mile (63 km) long river which flows through the Rossendale Valley. Its source is at Irwell Springs on Deerplay Moor, approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Bacup. It forms the boundary between Manchester...
Toilets raw

Toilets raw

Toilets Putting the bog, in bog. Working class people lived in overcrowded conditions and spending a penny would have been a very, very messy matter.  Here we learn about the toilet habits of the industrial age Close...
Tea Maker

Tea Maker

Tea Maker My first job in the shoe factory. We spoke to Liz who worked in the shoe industry in the 1960's.  On her first day she was shocked to learn who made the tea. Close...