1842 – First listing of James Kennedy & Son Flax Spinning Mill, Falls Road.

1843 – James Kennedy (Snr.) died, leaving the factory to his son, also named James.

1844 – Listed as James Kennedy & Son, Flax Spinners, Conway Street.

1852 – McConnell & Kennedy Flax Spinning Mill listed at Falls Road (Campbells Row/Boundary St). Coming originally from Scotland, McConnell, Kennedy and Murray were responsible for building many of the mills in Manchester. It would appear reasonable to presume that these, or members of their families, were the same people involved in building some of the West Belfast mills.


Conway Mill 1842