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 and is quite extensive. We found some records which were missing from our Bealey collection and even some relating to the Bealey Convalescent Memorial Hospital which must have become detached from ours when the company was closed by the Association in 1981.
Some of the other records which we found there will feature in our next blog on the WWI soldiers of Bealey’s bleachworks.
If you would like to visit the Bleachers’ Association Archive, please contact Amanda Lunt at the Education Office. When we visited, we were looked after by two very nice lady volunteers who made us feel extremely welcome and went to great lengths to find all of the items we were looking for!