British Cotton Growing Association

Scope and Content

Correspondence and other material relating to the work of the British cotton Growing Association.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Cotton Growing Association was formed in 1902 with the object of extending the growth and cultivation of cotton in British colonies, dependencies and protectorates. During 1904 there was a shortage of cotton which enabled speculators to force up the price of American cotton with serious consequences for the Lancashire economy. Developments in the work of the Association were considered urgent and the British Cotton Growing Association was incorporated by Royal Charter on 27 August 1904. In 1905 and in 1910 the Association issued shares to improve its services and was supported by the Oldham Master Cotton Spinners' Association, as well as by the majority of Lancashire manufacturers.