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The first Rishton craftsmen was mentioned in a list of debts owed by Henry Rissheton on Saint Giles the Abbots day 13 Richard II. (1st September 1389). The craftsman as one would expect is Richard le Smyth. In a similar list on the feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle , I. Henry VI (21st September 1422), we find Thomas Hyndley (or le Hind), John le Cooker, John le Smyth, John le Carter, and Emma le Smyth.143

Many craftsmen whose names are not included in de Rishtons list of debtors, would have been busy in the village. There was sure to be a village sawyer, a wheelwright, a tiler to burn tiles from clay, and the ale house wife who brewed ale and beer and sold it in her own home.143

On the 1st of June 1939, A letter was received from the Hon. Secretary of the Accrington & District Industrial Development Committee suggesting steps should be taken  by the authorities in East Lancashire to obtain additional powers in connection with Industrial development. The letter was referred by Rishton Urban District Council to a later date.179

The letter proved at the time that the local boards were no longer getting the opportunity to say if business or business development could occur in the area. The power was being transferred to Lancashire County Council inch by inch....... 

Brickworks and QuarriesAn introduction to the brickworks and quarries of Rishton.
Coal Mines
Co Operative SocietyThe Cooperative Society beginnings and shop locations
Donshu FootwearThe footwear factory that took over from the weaving shed.
English ElectricBristol Aircraft, English Electric, and GEC. Although in Clayton, was a big employer for Rishton.
Holt Corn MillOne of the oldest mill sites to found in Rishton, where everybody has been swimming.
Palatine FoodsFood warehouse.
Paper MillThe paper mill was another big employer for Rishton.
Patents PendingPatents Pending created in Rishton.
Plants Motor BodiesMaking coachworks and wagon bodies for companies across the UK.
Power StationBlackburn built power station, thinking it was theirs.
Other IndustryOther industry found in Rishton.
Weaving MillsLinks to the various mills and associated pages.


143 Rishton UDC Council MinutesRishton Urban District Council  
179 Rishton Parish Church JubileeCarlton Noble