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Theo Walter Ellison's Glossop Dale Reminiscences.

The Potters of Dinting (published 22 February 1935).

We are dealing with the Municipal Corporation which included the Burgess and is not restricted to the Council; hence the principal employers of labour, donors of gifts, Justices of the Peace and others who have assisted in the development of Glossop Borough enter into my narrative. My knowledge of the Potter family and of the establishment and development of what are reputed to be the largest Printworks in the country, the Dinting Vale Print Works, is dependent entirely upon some particulars by the late Robert Hamnett. I have no personal knowledge of the history of these works; John Wood of Arden, Bredbury, and of Mottram Old Hall, was at one time financially interested in the concern; the late Wm. Pilkington, John Barr, and one or two others as H.E. Dowson, Hodgkinson (of Cricket fame), who met his death regrettably in the 1897 Jubilee year, and that humorous, carefree, convivial Gordon McConnell, who married Miss Ella Louise Knowles, one of the daughters of the Vicar of Glossop, were associated with the works. (Is not the Gordon McConnell who produces for the B.B.C. a descendant?)

The particulars referred to are briefly that there was a Cotton Mill at Dinting in 1823, of which Moses Hadfield of Simmondley Hall, was the proprietor, and Charles and Edmund Potter from Ardwick, and a brother in law, Samuel Roberts, the occupiers; Charles Potter resided at a house near the entrance gates built by Moses Hadfield in 1827; there were difficulties in 1831 and Wm. Sidebottom, of Etherow House, supervised the carrying on of the business; in 1837 Edmund Potter’s creditors presented him with silver plate valued at £300; day schools, reading room and library and the Dinting Vale Glee Club were established by him at Dinting. He was a Justice for Derbyshire (1853), Deputy Lieutenant (1855); and President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce (1850); and that he assisted his work people during several periods of depression. In 1859 he opposed and carried an amendment against forming of a Volunteer Corps and found a supporter in Thomas Ellison, the result of which opposition was said to retard the Volunteer movement in Glossop for sixteen years; but he gave £50 to the patriotic fund; was a friend of Cobden and Bright, built the first Unitarian Chapel in Fitzalan Street, Glossop, opened in 1875; was presented with an address by the workpeople on his retirement in 1875 and died 1895, having previously formed the Company of Edmund Potter and Co. Ltd.; and that Charles Potter died in October, 1885, at Campfield Herefordshire, possessed of a considerable fortune.

I have no means at hand of verifying this account. The Printworks are now the property of the Calico Printers Association Ltd.

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