Grounded in tradition
The town of Macclesfield experienced the transition from market town to industrial centre as a result of its successful silk industry.
The first silk mill was established here in 1743 and textile manufacturing then dominated the town until the end of the nineteenth century. This extraordinary expansion was due to Macclesfield’s good transport links to other markets as many silk products travelled via the canal system to London.
In addition, the river Bollin that ran through the town, provided power for the numerous mills and its water was soft enough for use in silk processing.