From small beginnings to an industrial revolution, our history dates back to 1757 and is one of the cotton industry’s most historic and complete archives
World War I was a turning point for the Lancashire Cotton Industry and the Liverpool Cotton Market. The demand for cotton in India and China was now being met by the mills of Japan and India. Lancashire could not compete with their cheaper labour and products. Its Far East market collapsed and cotton imports to Liverpool halved. Further problems came with the decimation of the American crop of 1921 by the ravages of the Boll Weevil. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 brought with it the Great Depression and the effect on the Liverpool Cotton Market was severe: in 1931 Liverpool’s cotton imports were at their lowest for 62 years.