A photograph of the last machine to be built at the Globe Works in Accrington has been discovered.
The picture marks the end of an era in Accrington and is a valuable piece of the town’s industrial history.
Former worker Frank Bottomley found the picture of the Type 888 Self Twist-Repco spinner and the team that built it while going through some old photographs.
He said: "I thought other people would be interested in this.
"I am not sure the exact year that this photo was taken."
From left to right the picture shows Frank Bottomley, Raymond Tattersall, Peter Dickinson, Tony Rudd, Jack Smith and Raymond Tattersall.
The spinning machine was part of a large order from Sirdar Yarns in Wakefield.
Following this photo, the remainder of the order was completed when what was left of the company was transferred to Great Harwood.
The picture marks the end of production at the world famous Globe Works.
The company was originally named Howard and Bullough, before becoming Platt International Ltd and latterly Platt Saco Lowell Ltd.
It was part of a group which was the largest manufacturers of textile machinery in the world with machinery shipped all around the globe.
Founded in 1853, it was the largest employer in the area.
There were more than 6000 people working there at its peak and during the Second World War when production was turned over to armaments.
There is very little of the factory left aside from the fascia which is now the Globe Centre and what was known as ‘the top shop’ on Brown Street, now a wholesale food supplier.
The remainder of the factory was demolished in the 1990s.
The company also has a connection with the Accrington Pals.
At the time of the formation of the Pals group, there was an industrial dispute at the company which led to a shut out by management leaving many people destitute.
Many young men joined the Army to escape the abject poverty and misery, believing that the First World War would be over by Christmas.
Frank Bottomley said that he hoped the picture of the final spinning machine to be produced could be preserved for future generations.