James Norths' Bottom Street works during the Hyde Flood.
Heavy flooding caused extensive damage in 1900 and 1906 - in the latter year a large part of Godley Mills was destroyed. But the firm fought back from these, several fires and the 1930s depression, to become a highly successful multi-national safety apparatus and clothing manufacturer, patenting the PVC glove in 1947.
James Norths at the Market Street Premises just before demolition.
James Norths were commissioned to make gauntlet gloves for Sir Ernest Shackleton's great Antarctic expedition.
(With thanks to the M.E.N.)
There is too much to write about James North in one post so this is just a short history. Look out for more photos in the future.