Eccles Shorrock: The End of an Era
By 1882, 'E. Shorrock, Bros & Co.' had gone into liquidation. The Mills were up for sale. The sons of Ralph and William (Eccles' nephews) left for India and America. Ralph moved to London. Nevertheless, some of Eccles Shorrock's family stayed on at Low Hill House. Shorrock tragically, died in Edinburgh aged 61, on 26th September 1889. His medical notes reveal that he was "steady and industrious up to the commencement of an attack", and poignantly, "he takes a great and paternal interest in some of the other parties". Local newspaper reports of his demise recorded his personal and commercial achievements and praised him for providing significant benefits for the people and town of Darwen.
The education of Eccles and Ralph
Death and Marriage
Events during the 1860's
Decline in fortunes
The end of an era
Bibliography and Acknowledgments