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The history section of the web site concentrates on the history since the start of the industrial revolution, c.1760. The industrialisation of the happy valley that became Bollington occurred between about 1760 and 1950. Before that time there were two corn mills producing flour. After 1950 the industry rapidly ran down with closures, demolition in the case of Waterhouse mill, and conversion to other uses, during the following fifty years or so. Clarence mill was unused for a while but has been partly converted to domestic properties and partly occupied by small industrial units. Adelphi mill has long been filled with small businesses. The two great survivors are Lowerhouse mill and Lower mills, both of which are occupied by long standing businesses in the paper finishing industry and are Bollington’s largest employers.

There were a number of manufacturing industries in Bollington. The main industries have been Cotton spinning/ weaving/ printing, Stone quarrying, Paper coating, Coal mining. Several aspects of industrial Bollington are described here: