God’s Draper – James Foster of Preston

James Foster (1840-1896) was very much a self-made man and the W and J Foster collection at Lancashire Archives (DDX 438), which includes his personal papers, gives a real sense of the ambition, energy and enquiring mind which led to his success. Above all else though it shows how strong religious conviction underpinned every aspect of Foster’s… Continue reading God’s Draper – James Foster of Preston

A Lancashire Manufacturer and the Cotton Famine

Among documents purchased from Shaw’s Bookshop of Manchester is a collection of letters written to William Horrocks of Farnworth, near Bolton, while he was a medical student in London (DP 412). The 179 letters were written by William’s father, George Horrocks, a cotton spinner and manufacturer, and brothers Joseph, Henry and James between 1 October,… Continue reading A Lancashire Manufacturer and the Cotton Famine