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Birkacre Mill

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in Birkacre, near Chorley

1788 Advert: 'Cotton-spinning Factory.
To be SOLD by AUCTION, On Thursday the 17th Day of July next, at the House of Mrs. DEAN, the Royal Oak, in Chorley.
The SALE to begin precisely at three o’clock.
All the Machinery, &c. belonging to the Spinning Factory of W. Sykes and Co. at Birkacre, near Chorley, consisting of One Water Wheel; One Upright Shaft; Lying Shafts; Pit Wheel; Fly Wheels; and Shaft Wheels, all in the best Condition for turning Drums and Belt ; One double Tumming Engine; Three Carding Engines; One Drawing Frame; One coarse Roving Ditto; Two fine Roving Ditto, containing 22 Jacks, on the newest and best Construction; Seven Frames of 72 Spindles each, and One of 36 Spindles; One 30-Inch Common Carding Engine; One Roving billy; Nine Jennies; One Cotton Cleaner; One Press; Two Twilling Machines; One large Laith, by Water; One Foot Ditto; One Winding Engine, by Water; Three Warping Mills; Four Iron Stoves; Smith and Clockmakers Tools; consisting of Bellows, Anvil, Vices, Cutting and Fluting Engine, &c. &c. For Sale in mean Time private Contract, application may made to Mr. William Sykes, at Birkacre, who will shew the Machinery and Premises.
On the above Day will be LET by private Treaty, to be entered on immediately, the PREMISES, consisting of the Mill, with Nine Cottages, Smithy, Stable, Cowhouse, Garden with Eight Acres of Land, a large Dam and Watercourse, taking in the whole Water of the River Yarrow. The Weir is kept in Repair by the Landlord, and the Mill perfectly secured from every Inconvenience occasioned by Floods or back Water.—-Apply Mr, Kirkham. Manchester.
The Partnership formerly subsisting under the Firm of Sykes, Taylor, and Co. and lately under that of W. Sykes and Co. was dissolved by mutual Consent, on the 12th Day of May last. All Persons having Demands against said Concern, are desired to send them to Mr. Ralph Kirkham. Manchester, in Order to their being settled;…… '[1]

It has not been established whether this was rebuilt from the 1777 mill built by Richard Arkwright.

Was Sykes the same William Sykes (c.1755-1837) who established a bleaching business in Edgeley (Stockport)?


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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Mercury, 15 July 1788