Created 28-Aug-11
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The Britannia Rope and Twine works at Edenfield near Bury is no more. It was one of the last of its kind when we recorded and visited in the 1970s. In addition to the images, we also produced a video which is on You Tube Click here to watch. http://youtu.be/IaHQUvG8jzA

The former Britannia Rope and Twine Ltd factory, in Elm Street, Edenfield, closed its doors in 2001.
The Rossendale Free Press reported on 9th May 2008.
"It was famous for making the longest piece of rope in the country - measuring a staggering 100 metres. Products ranged from skipping ropes to ropes for boxing rings; it even made hangman’s nooses and the rope-pulls for toilets used in Butlin’s holiday camps. Before shutting down, some of the machinery was eventually snapped up by the Woodhope Rope firm. Now the Watchet Boat Museum, in Cornwall, has unearthed some of the original machinery from the factory and is set to put it on public show.'

The original factory was first built in Rochdale in 1840, then after a disastrous fire in the 1960s moved to Edenfield. The site is now occupied by housing. (2011)

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HRS 658 The Britannia rope and twine works, Exterior

HRS 658 The Britannia rope and twine works, Exterior

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HRS 660 The Britannia rope and twine works, Office

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HRS 669 Britannia rope and twine works, Office interior

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HRS 656 Britannia rope and twine works, Cordage slivvers

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HRS 659 The Britannia rope and twine works, old ropewalk

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HRS 657 The Britannia rope and twine works, Counting system

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HRS 662 The Britannia rope and twine works, terraced houses

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HRS 663 The Britannia rope and twine works, slivver drawing

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HRS 661 The Britannia rope and twine works, Ropewalk

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HRS 666 The Britannia rope and twine works, pot-eyes

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HRS 668 The Britannia rope and twine works, old rope walk

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HRS 671 The Britannia rope and twine works, stop-motion

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HRS 672 Britannia rope and twine works, strand separation cone

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HRS 673 The Britannia rope and twine works, hank-winding

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HRS 704 Britannia Rope and twine works, traveller working