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From Bale to Finished Cloth
The process of cloth production in Bury - from delivery to dispatch.
Documentary 1950 34 mins Silent
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A visit to Premier Mills, Bury, and the firm of Edward W. Andrew Ltd. Lorries deliver bales of cotton and wool - raw materials to be processed and woven into finished cloth. In the dusty air, workers move between the clattering machines; it is a very hands-on industry. Finally, the traditional ritual of clocking off marks the end of the working day.
The preservation of this film was funded by a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
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