I have always had a keen interest in local history, particularly that of the town I represent and its surrounding area. For me it is an important way of understanding our heritage and what made us who we are today.
Droylsden was a major player in the manufacture of cotton during the Industrial Revolution and in the 1860s several large cotton mills were built in the town providing jobs which saw the population quickly swell from 3,000 to 8,000. Back then the Littlemoss area of Droylsden was a small rural village, close to the growing town centre. Like many places on the east of Manchester during this period landowners built large cotton mills such as Lumb Mill to manufacture the goods that helped the British Empire grow.
I’m sure many Droylsden residents will have fond memories of the mill and working there before it was finally demolished in 1991.
This is why when the building was being demolished, along with residents and my fellow councillors, I organised for the mill’s entrance stone to be saved and, initially, displayed at Littlemoss School, which has since been replaced by the impressive Droylsden Academy, until a more permanent home could be found.
This site has now been found and the monument’s permanent home will see the stone displayed within a planted display, at the corner of Littlemoss Road and Peregrine Crescent, opposite the mill’s old site in Littlemoss in the near future.
I would urge Droylsden residents who may have worked there or any keen historians for that matter to go and have a look at this small remnant of a great mill which contributed to making Droylsden the proud town we see today.