Well-known locally, the Mellodews built their Moorside and Parkfield Mills on isolated land at the edge of Oldham. They established a close community with houses, a church, farms, coal mines, public houses and brickworks. But life for this manufacturing dynasty did not always run smoothly. Not all their descendants felt that the founders were totally committed to their enterprise. Some saw it merely as a vehicle to fund an extravagant lifestyle; some were guilty of mismanagement; and still others caused more than a whiff of scandal, with rumours of drinking, secret liaisons and breaches of contract.
In addition, as for many businesses today, there were difficulties in obtaining bank finance, disputes with a major customer, a takeover approach, the absence of an important director, a ‘shareholders’ revolt’, and upheaval on the board of directors. Discord and tensions were inevitable and this excellent book is admirably candid in its account of events.
Written by well respected local author, William Hartley.
- Author: William M. Hartley
- Binding: paperback
- ISBN: 9781874181644
- Pages: 288
- Illustrations: 100
- Date of Publication: 2009/11/30
- Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm