Fine Spinners and Doublers
Fine Spinners and Doublers, formed from a group of spinning companies specialising in fine Sea Island Cottons, was registered on 31 March 1898. The Fine Cotton Spinners and Doublers Association Limited had the objective of promoting the interests of cotton spinners in North West England. It was founded through the efforts of Herbert Dixon and Scott Lings in 1897. Businesses that joined in this enterprise at the time included A&G Murray Ltd, Houldsworths, CE Bennett & Co, James & Wainwright Bellhouse and McConnell & Co; but many more followed in subsequent years.
The new association was vast compared with its competitors and its large size enabled it to secure its supplies of cotton from Sea Island and Egypt. For thirty years it was the world's largest cotton-spinning concern, expanding to operate 60 mills and employ 30,000 operatives.
First World War
Contraction and closure
In 1946 the name of the business was changed to Fine Spinners' and Doublers' Limited. During the next five years there was a sustained boom in the textile industry owing to the worldwide shortage of cotton goods. Yarn production increased by 50 percent but output contracted by 28 percent; the Lancashire industry had collapsed.
- Fine Cotton Spinners and Doublers Association, Graces Guide, retrieved 27 August 2011
- Bellhouse history
- Miller & Wild 2007, p. 88
- McConnel, J.W. (10 May 1915), LANCASHIRE SPINNER'S EXPERIENCE.Under The Sea And Back Again., Manchester Guardian
- FT 30 History
- Miller & Wild 2007, p. 91
- History of Bamford Mill
- Miller, Ian; Wild, Chris (2007), A & G Murray and the Cotton Mills of Ancoats, Lancaster Imprints, ISBN 0-904220-46-X,978-0-904220-46-9 Check