Reference numberDDAS
TitleAshworth's Mills, Turton, cotton manufacturers
Datec.1808 - 1905
DescriptionCorrespondence and papers of Henry Ashworth including records of Ashworth's Mills, Turton, cotton manufacturers. With Dobson of Gilnough in Bolton family papers, 19th century.
Background InformationHenry Ashworth, (1794–1880), cotton master, was born on 4 September 1794 at Birtwistle, near Bolton, the eldest of the six sons and five daughters of John Ashworth, land agent and cotton spinner, and his wife, Isabel Thomasson. He was educated at Ackworth School in Yorkshire, a Quaker boarding-school.

He entered his father's firm in 1808 and by 1818 had taken charge, joined in 1824 by his brother Edmund Ashworth. By 1834 the firm had grown dramatically in size (with two factories, over 77,000 spindles, and c.700 employees) and growth continued in the next twenty years. Ashworth built cottages, chapels, schools, a library, and a reading-room for his mill workers

Disputes with his brother, unresolved by Quaker arbitration, led in 1854 to the division of the firm.

Ashworth married Letitia Binns (1798–1868), daughter of a Liverpool leatherseller, in 1823. They had 11 children, 6 sons and 5 daughters. Ashworth, a staunch nonconformist, refused to pay church rates. He supported the schemes of Edwin Chadwick to implement the Poor Law of 1834; but was an opponent of trade unions.

[consulted September 2019]
ArrangementThis list has been completed as part of a records survey commenced April 2019. Further appraisal and cataloguing work may be required and reference numbers should not be considered final. Items within boxes may be unnumbered.

The bulk of Henry Ashworth's correspondence was catalogued some time prior to the 2019 survey as DDAS/1. This arrangement has been retained with the remaining records catalogued as Ashworth's Mills, Turton, cotton manufacturers: further records, DDAS/2.
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