Category Archives: The Bealey Papers

Archives: “there is something about the smell and feel of a one hundred and twenty year old piece of paper..”

  Greetings to all the readers. My name is Dennis Bourne and I am a second year history student at the Manchester Metropolitan University. I have had the pleasure of working with the staff at Bury archive for the past … Continue reading

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Cataloguing and arrangement, what goes where and why?

You may have been wondering what I’ve been upto for the past six months or so. Well, after having shuffled around a lot of boxes and complied various lists, I got down to the task of arranging and cataloguing the papers … Continue reading

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1856, a year in the life of Mary Bealey as told by her cheques.

Among the Bealey papers I found a mysterious brown paper packet tied up with string. Inside were some early bank cheque stubs or counterfoils, which were drawn on Mary Bealey’s private account and are interesting because they are accompanied by the corresponding … Continue reading

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Mary Bealey’s Methodist Chapel

  Mary Bealey’s Close Methodist Chapel. In 1839, Mary Bealey saw the completion of the Close Methodist Chapel, a project which was accomplished entirely at her behest. If you have any photographs or memories of the original Close Methodist Chapel, … Continue reading

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Great plans for the future…but what are they?

Can anyone help us identify several machinery and building plans or drawings which we have in the Bealey collection but so far have been unable to identify.   Some seem to be sketches, while others are obviously detailed drawings but … Continue reading

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Lest we forget…the Bealey’s and the Great War part 3

So far I have told you about the members of the Bealey family who died in WWI but now I’m going to tell you a bit about some of the men from the Bealey’s bleach and chemical works who also fought, some … Continue reading

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Lest we forget…the Bealey’s and the Great War part 1

The Bealey family were involved in World War I, or The Great War as it is sometimes known, both as a family and as a business. Over the next few blogs, I will be telling their stories. With the help of Philip Mather from the … Continue reading

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Bleachers’ Association Archive

Having found out so much about the Bealey’s and the Bleachers’ Association, I paid a visit to the Bleachers’ Association Archive held at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-quarrybankmillandstyalestate The archive holds documents relating to many of the Bleachers’ Association members … Continue reading

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Good times and bad times with the Bleachers’ Association

As with many heavy industries in the nineteenth century, the influential and wealthy owners of many large bleaching companies in the North West of England got together and formed an association to protect their interests and profits. The Bealey collection holds a copy … Continue reading

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“The Bealey Family” talk at Radcliffe Library

A talk has been produced to tell the story of the Bealey family as extracted from the records and research and will be presented at Radcliffe Library on Monday 15th November, 6.30-7.30. The event is free, just turn up on … Continue reading

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