The Twelve Days Of Kirkham - 11 Mills a Weaving

This artwork is located at Mayman’s on Poulton Street.

Textile Production In Kirkham

Textile production in Kirkham began as a cottage industry, but as with many other towns in Lancashire production would soon shift to large factories. At its height, Kirkham had 11 mills, the last one being built in 1915. The textile mills were by far the largest employer in the town, with the 1881 census showing more people employed in textiles than in all other jobs combined.

Kirkham’s mills are perhaps best known for producing sailcloth, although at times they have also produced silk for parachutes and cotton.

Whilst the mills may have all disappeared from the landscape in Kirkham, their lasting legacy can be seen all over the modern town, with the many houses built for the workers and owners, such as Ash Tree House on Market Square, still seen standing today.

“ We absolutely love our window display and ae very proud to be taking part in this project. The 12 Days of Kirkham tells the story of our village’s history perfectly.

What a fantastic way to bring something different to our community.

The artists have done an amazing job and I hope everyone that visits Kirkham really enjoys it”.

Theresa Mayman – Maymans

Artist: Gill Smith

Gill Smith is a Northwest based illustrator. She completed an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at The Cambridge School of Art in 2019 and was short-listed for The Batsford Prize and a winner of the Picture This illustration competition in 2020.
Instagram @gillsmithillustration

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