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Bealey's were established by 1732 as bleachers. Their works used large quantities of water so they built a weir (1811) on the Irwell with long feeder or millrace. In 1791 they produced sulphuric acid by the lead chamber process for sale & for bleaching. The Bealey family were philanthropic and are even today remembered for their generosity. I went to the works just before its closure to photograph what was left, there was no trace of the lead chamber plant, although the stone bases of their gas production plant were evident. The Bealeys were one of the most pioneering, and innovative companies of the industrial revolution. KH

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Keywords:ac bealey, acids, bleaching, bury, chemical, chemical works, cotton, irwell, lancashire, manufacture, mary bealey, radcliffe, sulphuric acid, textile finishing, textiles, tramways, weirs

HRS 2880 Radcliffe, Bealey's works 1974

HRS 2880 Radcliffe, Bealey's works 1974

HRS 2881 Radcliffe, Bealey's weir 1970s

HRS 2881 Radcliffe, Bealey's weir 1970s

HRS 2899 Bealeys, Course of Bealeys tramway 1970s

HRS 2899 Bealeys, Course of Bealeys tramway 1970s

HRS 2882 Radcliffe Bealey's weir wider view 1970s

HRS 2882 Radcliffe Bealey's weir wider view 1970s

HRS 2883 Radcliffe Bealey's weir overflow 1970s

HRS 2883 Radcliffe Bealey's weir overflow 1970s

HRS 2884 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks interior 1974

HRS 2884 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks interior 1974

HRS 2885 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks crane 1974

HRS 2885 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks crane 1974

HRS 2886 Radcliffe, Bealey's forge area 1974

HRS 2886 Radcliffe, Bealey's forge area 1974

HRS 2887 Radcliffe, Bealeys gas retort bases 1974

HRS 2887 Radcliffe, Bealeys gas retort bases 1974

HRS 2888 Radcliffe, Bealey's stone bleach vats 1974

HRS 2888 Radcliffe, Bealey's stone bleach vats 1974

HRS 2889 Radcliffe, Bealey's two-wheel cart 1974

HRS 2889 Radcliffe, Bealey's two-wheel cart 1974

HRS 2890 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks 1974

HRS 2890 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks 1974

HRS 2891 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks c1974

HRS 2891 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks c1974

HRS 2892 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks bell pull 1974

HRS 2892 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks bell pull 1974

HRS 2893 Radcliffe, Bealeys bleachworks, steam engine 1970s

HRS 2893 Radcliffe, Bealeys bleachworks, steam engine 1970s

HRS 2894 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks tramway 1967

HRS 2894 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks tramway 1967

HRS 2895 Radcliffe, Bealey's goit under works 1974

HRS 2895 Radcliffe, Bealey's goit under works 1974

HRS 2896 Radcliffe, Bealeys tramway goit crossing c1970s

HRS 2896 Radcliffe, Bealeys tramway goit crossing c1970s

HRS 2897 Radcliffe, Bealey's yard crane 1974

HRS 2897 Radcliffe, Bealey's yard crane 1974

HRS 2898 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks stables 1974

HRS 2898 Radcliffe, Bealey's bleachworks stables 1974