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The Britannia Rope & Twine Works Factory in Rochdale
« on: Monday 09 October 17 16:23 BST (UK) »
The original Britannia Rope & Twine Works Factory was built in Rochdale in 1840.  Unfortunately, Touchstones in Rochdale have no information on where it was, or who owned it.

The Factory was famous for making the longest piece of rope in the country – 100 metres long.  Products included washing lines, skipping ropes and ropes for Boxing Rings.  It made the rope-pulls for the toilets used in Butlin’s Holiday Camps, and even hangman’s nooses.

Around 1840 there were seven Rope-Makers in Rochdale, including an Ancestor of mine, James Turner of St. Mary’s Gate and Dane Street.  I would be most grateful if anyone could shed any light on who owned “The Britannia Rope & Twine Works” and where the 1840 factory in Rochdale might have been built. 

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Re: The Britannia Rope & Twine Works Factory in Rochdale
« Reply #1 on: Monday 09 October 17 16:41 BST (UK) »
Here are some images Link

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Re: The Britannia Rope & Twine Works Factory in Rochdale
« Reply #2 on: Monday 09 October 17 16:57 BST (UK) »
Here are some images Link

I think this might be the Ropeworks at Edenfield that succeeded the one TinaRoyal is interested in. Bottom left it says
The original factory was first built in Rochdale in 1840, then after a disastrous fire in the 1960s moved to Edenfield.
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Re: The Britannia Rope & Twine Works Factory in Rochdale
« Reply #3 on: Monday 09 October 17 17:47 BST (UK) »

Yes JenB, it is the original Factory built in Rochdale I am interested in, before it moved to Edenfield.

Thanks Mary8 for the LINK.  Very interesting.

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Re: The Britannia Rope & Twine Works Factory in Rochdale
« Reply #4 on: Monday 09 October 17 17:54 BST (UK) »
Seems it was in Edenfield long before 1960.

1881 at 17 Hampden Street, Edenfield, Tottington.
John Warburton   50
Elizabeth Warburton 43
William Warburton 22 Rope maker
James Warburton 18
Alice Warburton   15
Eli Warburton   11
Sarah Warburton 7
1891 census Edenfield, Tottington Higher End.
William Warburton 32 Rope Manufacturer
Catherine Warburton 34
John Warburton   3

Check out 29th Aug 1905 (Bottom left article)



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Re: The Britannia Rope & Twine Works Factory in Rochdale
« Reply #5 on: Monday 09 October 17 18:01 BST (UK) »
Seems it was in Edenfield long before 1960.

1881 at 17 Hampden Street, Edenfield, Tottington.
John Warburton   50
Elizabeth Warburton 43
William Warburton 22 Rope maker
James Warburton 18
Alice Warburton   15
Eli Warburton   11
Sarah Warburton 7
1891 census Edenfield, Tottington Higher End.
William Warburton 32 Rope Manufacturer
Catherine Warburton 34
John Warburton   3

Check out 29th Aug 1905 (Bottom left article)

According to this timeline they were set up in Edenfield in 1886
http://website.lineone.net/~davghalgh/ramsbottomtimeline.html
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Re: The Britannia Rope & Twine Works Factory in Rochdale
« Reply #6 on: Monday 09 October 17 19:48 BST (UK) »
Interesting.  I have neither a Riley, nor a Warburton listed as Rope Manufacturers in Rochdale in the 1840’s.

Could it be perhaps that in 1840 the Rochdale company’s name was not the “Britannia Rope & Twine Works” and only became called that, when it moved out of Rochdale and “merged” with a pre-existent company of that name in Edenfield ?

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Re: The Britannia Rope & Twine Works Factory in Rochdale
« Reply #7 on: Friday 13 October 17 12:04 BST (UK) »

Thank you all for trying to find out where the original Britannia Rope & Twine Works Factory was built in Rochdale in 1840, and who owned it.

I was hoping that someone might have access to a Map which identified whereabouts it was, but alas not.