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Thomas Comstive

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Thomas Comstive Ltd. self-threading weaving shuttle May 1938

of Canal Street, Hammerton Street, Calder Vale, and Bristol Mill, Caldervale, Burnley

Shuttle Makers

  • 1854 Thomas Comstive of Burnley, shuttle maker. Patent: improvements in the shuttles for weaving[3]
  • 1860 NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Thomas Comstive, William Comstive, and Joseph Comstive, as Manufacturers of Shuttles and Picking Sticks in Marsden's Foundry, Burnley, in the county of Lancaster, under the style of Thomas Comstive and Bros., has this day been dissolved by mutual consent; and that all debts due to and owing by the late co-partnership will be received and paid by the said Thomas Comstive.— As witness our hands this 15th day of November, 1860.[4]
  • 1864 Thomas Comstive of Burnley, shuttle maker and Christopher Catlow of Clitheroe. Patent: improvements in the shuttles for weaving[5]
  • 1868 All debts owed by James Ingham, shuttle maker (deceased) will be paid by Thomas Comstive[6]
  • 1880 Thomas and Joseph Comstive of Burnley. Patent: improvements in the shuttles for looms[8]
  • 1886 Death of Thomas Comstive, 6 June.[9]
  • 1888 Moved from Canal Street to Hammerton Street Shuttle Works, Burnley. 'Manufacturers of shuttles, picking stickes &c.'[10]
  • 1892 Hammerton Street Shuttle Works destroyed by fire[11]
  • 1893 New factory at Calder Vale Shuttle Works, Burnley.[12]
  • 1909 Became a limited company, with Thomas Comstive's four sons, Thomas, William, Louis and Arthur appointed as its directors. New premises on Caldervale Road[13]
  • 1929 Moved to Bristol Mill, Caldervale Road.[14]
  • 1949 Managing Director: Walter Comstive, son of William Comstive and grandson of Thomas Comstive I.[15]
  • 1955 Company liquidated, 23 May [16]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Burnley Express, 21 May 1949
  2. London Gazette, 23 November 1860
  3. Leeds Times, 25 November 1854
  4. London Gazette, 23 November 1860
  5. London Gazette, 1864
  6. Burnley Advertiser, 15 February 1868
  7. Burnley Advertiser, 14 February 1874
  8. Nottingham Evening Post, 14 August 1880
  9. Burnley Express, 12 June 1886
  10. Burnley Express, 21 March 1888.
  11. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 17 December 1892
  12. Burnley Express, 29 April 1893
  13. Burnley Express, 21 May 1949
  14. Burnley Express, 21 May 1949
  15. Burnley Express, 21 May 1949
  16. London Gazette, 27 May 1955