Holt’s Mill, Ancoats

9 Apr
Holt's Mill,

Workers in Holts Mill. Courtesy of M Burrows.

This is a photo of my great-grandmother Sarah Ellen Burrows (centre right wearing the apron) in Holt’s Mill (built 1760) which I believe was by the River Medlock in Ancoats.

The date would be around the late 1800s. Her husband died at the age of 34 leaving her with six children. She threatened to jump in the canal but saw better of it and became a working mother.

It has been difficult finding any references to Holt’s Mill so this photograph may offer a very unique glimpse and indeed record of working life in the mill.


2 Responses to “Holt’s Mill, Ancoats”

  1. Anonymous April 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    we played on Holt Town when we were kids, it was a thriving part of Manchester economy, it went into decline in the late 50’s


    • historyme April 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Do you have any memories of Holt Mill? Was it still in use in in the 50’s?


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