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Brough, Nicholson & Halls' factory, Cross Street/Fountain Street, Leek

Brough, Nicholson & Halls' factory, Cross Street/Fountain Street, Leek

Date: 1879 - 1900 (c.)

Description: The firm were manufacturers of "sewing silks, braids, bindings, trimmings etc", and were prize winners at the Great Exhibition in 1851, and several later European exhibitions. This etching of their premises in the late 1800s was used on their business card.
The business was founded by John Brough, a silk manufacturer in about 1812. After his early efforts, his sons, Joshua, James and John took over the mantle. The brothers had a factory built on Union Street in 1844 and later took on partners, Joshua Nicholson and B.B. Nixon to became J. and J. Brough, Nicholson & Co. in 1863. Soon after a warehouse was built on Cross Street c1865, close to Hope Mill on Fountain Street. In less than ten years this mill had been acquired and extended to twice its original size. The partnership was employing 630 workers in 1891. Following a series of changes in the partnership due to deaths and retirements, the firm became Brough, Nicholson & Hall in 1891. The partners soon embarked on a new scheme of development involving the extension of the Cross Street building, and the building of a new mill on Well Street (known from 1900 as Royal York Mill). Around this time the firm also took over the Cecily Mills in Cheadle. In 1968 many of the firms' buildings were demolished, and in 1983 Brough, Nicholson & Hall sold their only remaining premises, Cross Street Mill, to Berisfords, the Congleton ribbon firm.

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Donor Ref: ' LP-2-19c  (28/5232)'

Source: Leek Library

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