Bolton and District Operative Cotton Spinners' Provincial Association

Scope and Content

Annual reports 1886-1912

Administrative / Biographical History

Formed in 1882 by the amalgamation of the United Cotton Spinners of Bolton and the Bolton Self-Actor Minders' Society. It had branches in Manchester, Leigh, Farnworth, Atherton and Reddish, with Chorley and Tyldesley joining in 1883 and Hindley and Pendlebury in 1885. It had 2,757 members in 1912. Renamed the Bolton Provincial Association of Operative Spinners and Twiners sometime after 1912.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

These publications were transferred from the University library (old ref 41T).

Other Finding Aids

Related Material

See also MSS.466, MSS.467, MSS.474 and MSS.477. Other papers relating to the cotton textile industry are located in the Modern Records Centre in the papers of the Transport and General Workers Union (MSS.126/TG).