KNOTTINGLEY'S INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
GLASS INDUSTRY | POTTERIES
| SHIPBUILDING | LIME
| CHEMICALS | KINGS
Prior to 1840 Knottingley was a small agricultural village and the only
local industries were those supporting this working of the land such as
potteries, lime-burning, breweries and rope-making. With the
construction of the Knottingley-Goole canal in 1826 and the introduction of the
steam railway some two decades later, Knottingley gained a comprehensive
communications network providing easy access to raw materials and markets
ensuring the industrial development of the town.
Here we offer you a very basic insight into some of the towns major industrial
concerns of the late 19th and early 20th century.
If you happened to be an employee of any of
our local industries and have anything
further to add or even if you wish to send us some memories of your time with
any one of them we would be delighted to hear from you.