Explore some of the rich history and key events of Mossley’s past.
Our timeline below covers the key moments in Mossley’s life as it changed from a small hamlet to an industrial town, and the key events which made it happen!
Mossley entered the history books!
In 1309, Henry, son of William de Mossley, claimed land which afterwards became known as the Hamlet of Mossley.
Mossley was still identified as a division of Ashton.
It was divided into 12 allotments with the names of the holders and the rents recorded.
The first woollen mill opened.
Previously all manufacturing was done domestically – followed in 1811 by the Huddersfield Canal and in 1849 the railway arrived creating vital transport links for industry.
Coaches called in on their way to Manchester, Liverpool, Huddersfield and Leeds.
There were 300 houses and Mossley had a population of only 1,212.
John and George Mayall opened a water-powered mill at Bottoms.
A non-denominational school was opened at Baguley/Roughtown in a building now named ‘The Old School House’.
The railway arrived in Mossley.
The population increased dramatically to 13,382.
In 1885 a Charter of Incorporation was granted to Mossley. George Andrew was the first Mayor at the first meeting of Mossley Town Council.
The Boer War and both world wars had huge implications for industry.
While some employment resulted from the manufacturing of the material for soldier’s uniforms, the town suffered and eventually became very poor.
Peace Day was celebrated.
A French company arrived and set up Mossley Wool Combing and Spinning Company.
After World War 2 new industries appeared and the mills began to be converted or vanish.
Mossley Civic Society was founded.
The President was the Mayor of Mossley.
Mossley twinned with Hem, France.
Mossley was made part of the new Metropolitan Borough of Tameside within Greater Manchester.
Mossley Football Club were finalists at Wembley.
The Town Hall (originally George Mayall’s ‘White Hall’) was sold to a private buyer.
Longlands Mill was purchased by Emmaus Mossley.
Mossley elected a new town council with representatives from each ward.
Terry Waite (President of Emmaus) officially opened the Mossley Heritage Centre.
Mossley Civic Society celebrated their 50th anniversary.
The Mossley Heritage Trails were launched with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Mossley Heritage site launched!
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