Hand looms, Dandy looms, power looms (war work 1914-18, 1939-45)
after 1980 mill premises management
The family firm John Pilling and Sons Ltd, made hand, dandy and power looms from 1819. It started in Trawden making hand, dandy and then wooden framed wiper power looms and moved to Colne to make cast ironLancashire Looms in 1849/50. They continued manufacturing until 1980. The firm also owned several weaving mills and remained in business until 2005 as a mill premises management company. During the wars it made huge quantities of shells, grenades, tank and aircraft parts.