Why does Lancashire have so many weirs?

Lancashire is well known for its industrial history, with Lancastrians grafting hard for centuries in quarries, coal mines, and cotton mills. During the Industrial Revolution the textile industry expanded rapidly. Mill owners were drawn by the hardworking communities, the damp climate (which was ideal for working cotton), and the areas rivers and potential for waterpower. To harness waterpower weirs were constructed across rivers. These weirs worked by holding water back in mill ponds and then Continue Reading...