Accrington Men of Mark
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Accrington's Men of Mark contains:
Men of Mark; Chairmen of Accrington Local Board; Mayors of Accrington 1878 to 1923; List of Magistrates, Accrington Borough; Parliamentary Representation
Many of the sketches in this book are summaries of Biographies which appeared in the "Accrington Observer and Times."
The District of which Accrington is the Centre gave the nation many families who figured conspicuously in Lancashire History centuries ago - the Walmsleys of Dunkenhalgh, the Cunliffes of Hollins and Sparth, the Lonsdales and the Rileys of High Riley, the Rishtons of Antley and Dunnyshop, the Bannasters and Wroe-Waltons of Altham, and others.
Accrington owes much of its pre-eminence as an industrial centre to the Peels of Peel Fold and Accrington, to the Taylors and Forts of Oakenshaw, to the Hargreaveses of Broad Oak, and , at a later period, to the Bulloughs of Globe Works. The Peels were among the pioneers in the calico-printing industry, which they developed in a remarkable degree; the Forts continued the work at Oakenshaw founded by the Peels; the Hargreaveses, after separation from Oakenshaw, were in a great measure responsible for the growth of Accrington in the early part of last century, and the Bulloughs were equally successful in the sister branch of the textile industry, in the making of machinery first for cotton weaving and subsequently cotton spinning.
Associated with these great firms were men who rose to fame. John Mercer, the illustrious chemist, was part and parcel of the Oakenshaw Works. Frederick Steiner, founder of the prosperous Turkey-red Dye Works at Church, commenced his remarkable career at Broad Oak, and the Lightfoots were also closely identified with the Hargreaveses.