Samuel Crompton: Bolton plans 260th anniversary celebrations
BOLTON is to mark the 260th anniversary of the birth of its famous son who revolutionised the textile industry and put the town on the international map.
Samuel Crompton was born in a tiny cottage in Firwood Fold on December 3, 1753, and was only a teenager when he started working on what became the famous Spinning Mule.
But his invention, which streamlined the spinnng process, proved to be a pivotal part of the Industrial Revolution and helped make Lancashire a centre of international textile production — thrusting his home town to the forefront of this rich seam of industry and changing it forever.
“He was only a young man when he started work on his invention — living in a hamlet four or five hours’ ride on horseback from Manchester and the Cotton Exchange, in the middle of nowhere because Tonge Moor and Hall i’ th’ Wood were little rural areas then.
“He was always a man of the people and wanted his invention to help protect the local communities, help local people and their work which was all cottage industry, but that wasn’t how it worked out. He didn’t make any money from his invention and died a poor man — even though his name is now known throughout the world.”
The idea of celebrating the life and work of Samuel Crompton has come from Bolton councillor Sufrana Ismail, who is a member of the Friends of Firwood Fold.
“I felt it was important to mark his special birthday with a celebration of his achievement as well as his legacy to the people of Bolton,” she stated.
She is inviting interested local individuals and organisations who would like to be involved in celebratory events around his birth date to get in touch.
“Some of the ideas that have been put forward to mark the anniversary so far include doing the Crompton Trail of important local milestones in his life, Christmas carol-singng at Hall i’ th’ Wood (where he later lived and which is now a museum), schools’ arts and invention workshops and a competition,” added Cllr Ismail.
There are also plans for tweets about his life and times on his birthday, activities at Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum and a Super Saturday “Home-made in Bolton” event in the town centre.
“We would love to have more people join councillors, local businesses, artists, community groups and interested individuals who attended a first meeting of the celebration group,” Cllr Ismail said.
The next meeting of the group takes place from 12.30pm to 1.30pm in Bolton Central Library. Anyone who would like to attend, get involved or find out more about the planned celebrations should email Cllr Ismail at email@example.com