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History of Horrockses Mill to be explored at Lancashire Archives

Posted on - 23rd February, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Nostalgia, Preston City Centre, What's On in Preston
Horrockses Crewdson & Co. Ltd. Preston 1921 - Preston Digital Archive/BFI

Horrockses Crewdson & Co. Ltd. Preston 1921 – Preston Digital Archive/BFI

Want to know more about the history of Horrockses Mill in Preston?

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The centre of the cotton manufacturing industry in the UK the building, set up by John Horrocks in 1791, became a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution.

Lancashire Archives is to hold an event exploring the history and part Horrockses played in art and fashion design.

The Horrockses Yard once stood on a swathe of land off Queen Street and Church Street, which is only now being redeveloped as a retail park having stood empty since the mid-1960s.

Aeiral view of Horrockses Yard Works, the red line indicating the boundary of the whole works.

Aeiral view of Horrockses Yard Works, the red line indicating the boundary of the whole works. Pic: Preston Digital Archive

Entry to the event is free and includes talks about the history of the industry, a printing workshop and an exhibition showcasing locally produced textile art.

Victoria McCann, one of Lancashire County Council’s senior archivists, said: “This event gives visitors a chance to listen to talks on the history of the former Horrockses Mill and to find out more about how art and fashion were actually inspired by what was happening in the textile industry.

“There will also be an exhibition featuring some of Horrockses historic records.”

Related: A nostalgic journey around the former Horrocks Yard Works in Preston

It runs from 11.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday 5 March at the archives in Bow Lane.

For further details, or to book a place for the talks, telephone 01772 533039 or email record.office@lancashire.gov.uk

Do you have any memories of Horrockses? Will you be going to the exhibition? Let us know in the comments below

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