Tom Horsfield’s house was close by Newfield Edge. William Bracewell who had built the first two steam engined cotton mills in the town had once lived there. Generally known as “Old Billycock” from the particular style of hard that that he wore, he became the largest single handed manufacturer on the Manchester Cotton Exchange. The youngest of his five daughters, Suzannah Emily, was born there in 1856. She later married Joseph Slater, whose family owned Clough Mill, and united the most two powerful families in the district. “Mrs. Joe”, as she was always called, lived all her 95 years in the house.
Copyright © Ken Wilson 1981