The availability of coal around Lightshaw Meadows attracted other industries to the area, particularly after the construction of the Leeds and Liverpool canal. The textile industry was especially attracted with many factories springing up along waterways and the canal.
The industry began small, with domestic handloom weavers supplementing their income from farming. A small silk industry also developed during the early 19th century. It was however the availability of raw cotton transported along the canal from Liverpool that made the cotton industry dominant from the end of the 19th century.
The majority of people worked in the mills... or they worked in the mines.” Alice