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Lister Mill is testament to Samuel
2:45pm Thursday 28th July 2011 in Science Heroes
The success of Samuel Cunliffe Lister as an innovator and textile manufacturer is imprinted on the Bradford skyline in the shape of the giant Lister Mills.
Lister was similar to Sir Titus Salt in the sense that he was an experimenter who took out more than 150 patents.
He endeavoured to improve various pieces of textile machinery and spent years and a not inadequate amount of money adapting silk waste.
He played a key role in the development of Bradford’s wool industry during the 19th century before his death in 1906 at the age of 91.
He invented the Lister nip-comb, which separated and straightened raw wool before it could be spun into worsted yarn. This invention revolutionised the industry.
A statue of him now stands in Lister Park, Heaton.