MILLS' SILENCE AFTER DEATH OF A
(From our own correspondent)
Blackburn, Saturday. - Brief silence was observed in cotton mills in Blackburn, Preston, and Darwen to-day in tribute to Brig.-Gen. Arthur Birtwistle, one of Lancashire's cotton kings, who died at Billinge Scar.
There were remarkable scenes at Blackburn Cathedral, where hundreds of people were unable to gain admission to the funeral service.
In the packed congregation were hundreds of ex-Servicemen, by whom Gen. Birtwistle was admired, as well as civic representatives and representatives of the cotton employers and trade unions.
Not long ago Gen. Birtwistle, who gained many distinctions for his gallant war services, succeeded his father in control of the large firm of cotton spinners and manufacturers which bears the family name.
(Published in the "News of the World" in May 1937)
|England Census 1901 about Arthur Birtwistle and family|
Residence: Billinge Scar, Blackburn, Lancashire, England
||Place of Birth|
Ella J. Birtwistle
Fred J. Birtwistle
Elsie B. Gatehouse
New York, USA
Billinge Scar was a 19th-century country house (now demolished) near Blackburn, Lancashire, England.
It was built of stone in two storeys around an existing structure, with an Elizabethan facade complete with battlements. It had twelve bedrooms, a coachman's quarters and yard, several reception rooms, a library and a school room.
See Cotton Town Blackburn and Darwen