The Bolton Evening News, Monday July 3, 1882
The marriage of Mr John Phethean.
On Saturday afternoon an interesting gathering took place in one of the shops belonging to Messrs. John Phethean and Co, the occasion being a treat to he work people in connection with the marriage of Mr John Phethean, eldest son of the late Mr Josiah Phethean, to Miss Crowther, eldest daughter of Mr Samuel Crowther, Great Lever. There were about 500 persons present, including 450 workpeople and 50 visitors.
The cost of the repast was defrayed by Mr John Phethean. After the removal of the tables, the chair was occupied by Mr John Morris, who was supported amongst others by Mrs Phethean and the Misses Phethean, Mr and Mrs John Phethean, the Rev Dr Wilkinson, Mr Samuel Crowther, and Mister T H Glaister and other gentlemen. The loyal toast having been given, Justin Wells proposed “The Bishop and Clergy of the diocese,” which was responded to by Dr Wilkinson.
The Chairman next proposed the toast of the evening “the health of the newly married couple,” alluding to Mr Phethean as a worthy successor of his father. Mr Phethean suitably responded. Mr Poyntz afterwards gave “The health of Mrs Phethean,” the chairmen replying. Mr David Halstead, manager, then presented to Mr and Mrs Phethean, on behalf of the work people, a very handsome timepiece, ornamented with gold and richly painted Japanese figures; also two mantle ornaments to match. Mr J K Nelson also handed to the couples an illuminated address both of which were suitably acknowledged. Dancing followed.
I have carried out an examination of various old Ordnance Survey maps and archive material and have deduced this early chronology of the mills at Moses Gate. There is little evidence of John Phethean’s early business premises in Bolton. The earliest record at present is from 1866 where a weaving shop in Bullock Street, Bolton existed.
1850 – no mills at all except for one in the triangle between Bolton
Road, Egerton St and Gladstone Road
1872 Correspondence submitted to Farnworth Board regarding bad state of Cawdor Street by J Phethean & Co. Response by Clerk that the situation would be resolved by paving Cawdor Street. ( Bolton Evening News, Tuesday July 2nd 1872). Presumably by this date the company had a presence in Cawdor Street.
1884 ” A fire of alarming proportions broke out at two o’clock on Saturday morning at the mill of Messrs. Phethean & Sons, Farnworth near Bolton. The fire broke out in the storeroom, which had £10,000 worth of stock in it. This room was gutted, also the spinning room, but the rest of the premises were saved. Fifty spinners are thrown out of work, and damage 0f £20,000 was caused”
Liverpool Mercury, Monday, October 6, 1884; Issue 11462
1891 Egerton Mill standing – located between Egerton St and Thynne St;
un-named mill between Thynne St and Cambell St (Phethean’s Mill?)
1893 as above
1909 Egerton mill seems to have been rebuilt slightly to the west; is now between Phethean St and Thynne St. Phethean St and Thorne St seem to have been built over the site of the older mill (or part of it).
Continue reading Chronology of the Phethean mill at Cawdor Street, Moses Gate, Farnworth