The Britannia Rope and Twine works at Edenfield near Bury is no more. It was one of the last of its kind when we recorded and visited in the 1970s. In addition to the images, we also produced a video which is on You Tube Click here to watch. http://youtu.be/IaHQUvG8jzA
The former Britannia Rope and Twine Ltd factory, in Elm Street, Edenfield, closed its doors in 2001. The Rossendale Free Press reported on 9th May 2008. "It was famous for making the longest piece of rope in the country - measuring a staggering 100 metres. Products ranged from skipping ropes to ropes for boxing rings; it even made hangman’s nooses and the rope-pulls for toilets used in Butlin’s holiday camps. Before shutting down, some of the machinery was eventually snapped up by the Woodhope Rope firm. Now the Watchet Boat Museum, in Cornwall, has unearthed some of the original machinery from the factory and is set to put it on public show.'
The original factory was first built in Rochdale in 1840, then after a disastrous fire in the 1960s moved to Edenfield. The site is now occupied by housing. (2011)