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Appeal for memories of working at former Wardle mills in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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Two historians are appealing for people to talk about their recollections or their relatives' memories of working at former mills in Leek.

Cathryn Walton is focusing on workers at either Joshua Wardle at Leekbrook, or Sir T & A Wardle at Leek.

Cathryn said: "This is the final part of the Heritage Lottery-funded Leek Textile Festival organised by Brenda King and myself.

"We aim to preserve these memories for future generations and make them available to the general public.

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"We are particularly interested in dyeing and printing at these works, but any similar jobs at or at other companies would be of interest. Indeed, any jobs at Joshua Wardle's or Sir T & A, or memories of the Wardle families, would be appreciated."

This project is the final part of the Leek Textile Festival which included the Extraordinary Leek Embroidery Society Exhibition, attended by nearly 5,000 people from all over the UK, ecclesiastical embroidery exhibitions at churches in Leek, Cheddleton, Longsdon, Ipstones and Warslow, which were visited by hundreds of people.

Anyone who would like to help should contact Cathryn Walton on 01538 388429 or 07974384691 or wcathryn@hotmail.com

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