Daniel Meadows: Bancroft Shed Engine House 1976

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Softcover | 14 X 20 cm | 24 pp

Café Royal Books | 2020 

During his time as photographer-in-residence to the borough of Pendle in Lancashire (1975-77), Daniel Meadows got to know and, in due course became friends with, Stanley Graham, the steam engineer (tenter) at James Nutter & Sons, Bancroft Shed, Barnoldswick. Graham was a key contact for Meadows, introducing him to his fellow employees in the mill, to the Weldone gang of fluers from Brierfield and to Rochdale steeplejack Peter Tatham. In return Meadows helped Graham with his photography and audio recordings.

Bancroft was demolished in 1982. Graham, who had a passion for history, took an evening class at Nelson & Colne College and went on to complete a degree at Lancaster University. During this time he produced an extraordinary study of workers in the cotton trade, the Lancashire Textile Project (LTP). In 2004 he was awarded a fieldwork and recording lifetime achievement award by the Association for Industrial Archaeology.

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