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T. R. Bridson and Sons

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of Bolton Bleach Works, Bolton; and Lever Bank Bleach Works, Little Lever.

1851 Employing 140 men.[1]

Thomas Ridgway Bridson invented the widely-used 'stenter' textile machine. He also invented a rotatory beetling machine for finishing cloth. Illustrated and described in The Practical Machinist's Journal in 1856[2]

1891 Directory (Bolton): Listed as bleachers. More details

1900 Acquired by the Bleachers Association.[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. The Practical Mechanic's Journal, 1856, p.91
  3. The Times, July 23, 1900