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Clock Tower on the Nashua River

Image by StarrGazr
This is Clocktower Place (Historic and Luxurious Apartments), condos in Nashua, NH in the former quarters of the Nashua Manufacturing China Company on the Nashua River in downtown Nashua, New Hampshire USA.

The History of Nashua, NH USA – 1775 – 1830

After the Indian Wars and until the American Revolution of 1776, Dunstable was mostly a farming community. Corn and Vegetables were grown on the Merrimack/Nashua River intervale. Hay and Orchards were prevalent on the southern side.

Merchants and travelers from outside of town from the north and south used Nashua as a thoroughfare thereby creating a hospitality and entertainment economy. Many taverns and hotels were built along The Great Road (Main Street) such as Tylers Tavern which provided necessary comfort and service.

Daniel Abbot moved to the upper community of Dunstable in 1802. Abbot is a Harvard graduate who soon after opened a law practice here. Abbot quickly became a civic leader who then proceeded to rename Dunstable to "Nashua Village" in a speech given on July 4th in 1803.

Right about the same time, Josiah Griswold Graves, MD became the first physician in town. He became very popular because he had an exceptional ability in diagnosing ailments of his patients.

Nashua was heading towards a full scale industrial makeover. During the 1820’s, Abott, along with the Greeley brothers, Daniel Webster and some Massachusetts Industrial Investors formed a coalition to create the first textile mills in Dunstable powering Nashua’s Industrial Revolution. Abott had been watching his Harvard counterparts in Massachusetts and knew Dunstable had the water power to begin the Waltham-Lowell venture. He moved forward to begin the industry that would become the socio-economic scene dominating the 1830’s – 1860’s.

Robert Owen, resident of New Lanark, Scotland is credited with creation of the infant structure of our city. The basis of his landmark design includes the layout of the streets, the mills and their basic architecture, and most importantly; social planning which included how the employees would be treated.

Two men, Nathaniel Appleton and Patrick Tracy Jackson, traveled to New Lanark and studied the designs of Owen. The Owen design made it all the way to Nashua from Scotland; consisting of a mill, worker housing, a school, and a church, all run by the originating mill company. This combined with the mastermind of Francis Cabot Lowell and the energy of Daniel Abbot began the enterprise of Nashua’s economic future.

Francis Cabot Lowell, Harvard graduate and math major, traveled to England with the express interest of studying the textile designs of the James Archright Power Loom and creating it’s mirror here in the United States. His extended vacation included touring the industries where the loom existed and in essence, formulated the designs in his mind. An extreme form of piracy in that day as the patent for the machine and exporting the technology was expressly prohibited. His textile looms were better than their English predecessors and his fabrics soon found their way into world commerce.

Francis Cabot Lowell – Nathaniel Appleton

The first large company created was the Nashua Manufacturing China Company in 1823. Nashua Manufacturing China was the first in New Hampshire completed in the full scale Waltham-Lowell design.

The Waltham-Lowell design, including especially the church, met the demands of the New England farmer father as a "socially and morally acceptable" place of employment for their daughters, as they made up the majority of the mill workforce.

For 30 years, tens of thousands of young, single women migrated to the Waltham-Lowell mills and revolutionized women’s labor in America, and the world, right here in Nashua!

Mill Girls

Daniel Abbot was a great and powerful force fueling the creation of Nashua’s Mills. His passion for growth and success empowered the people to achieve their greatest, evident even today. Daniel Abbot, coined ‘the Father of Nashua’ is due to his many contributions to its rich heritage.

Nashua was and continues to be the New Hampshire cradle of technological culture. The design and creation is a progressive sophisticated model of technical and social innovation.

Daniel Abbot

Other prime manufacture in this new mill town included ironworks, shirting, linens, shoes, wood products, and coated paper. Nashua’s position on the Merrimack River made it easily accessible for consumers and suppliers off the Atlantic Ocean. The opening of the Middlesex Canal in 1803 also contributed to the ease of water transport. The Nashua River became a riverfront mercantile village offering more trade then than what you can find in all of Nashua today.

During this busy time, a wooden covered toll bridge enabled passage over the Merrimack for travel to and from Hudson. Before the bridge, the only way across the river was by ferry. Three ferries, Cummings; at the mouth of the Nashua River, Hills; in the North end, and Littles; at the south side of Nashua gave access to and from Nashua and Hudson.

Downtown History – Great American Downtown

Nashua Manufacturing China Company Collection from the Harvard Business School.


Image by ronsaunders47
The name DOT stands for "Devoid of Trouble".
The Burnard Scott Wade Years (1932 – 1984)
In 1920 Thomas Sawyer joined the business and, after Reed departed from the company in 1925, Sawyer oversaw further success for the Dot marque in competition but with the onset of the 1930’s recession production slowed and eventually ceased in 1932 When Sawyer passed control of the company to a young Burnard Scott Wade. Burnard Wade kept the company going through the 1930’s with a line of pedal powered 3-wheel delivery trucks developed for the niche markets of milk delivery and ice cream vending. With the onset of World War II the Government awarded Dot a contract for the production of these economical delivery vehicles which were shipped around the world. During the tedious “fire watching ” duty during the Manchester Blitz Wade sketched out ideas for a similar vehicle powered by a small 2-stroke engine and successfully developed this into the Dot Motor Truck which could be produced in various guises to meet the particular requirements of the market for a cheap powered delivery vehicle. Such was the demand that a profitable Dot Company was able to re-enter the motorcycle market in 1949 with a utilitarian 2-stroke machine with a 200cc Villiers engine which sold well in the export market and many are still found today in Scandinavia, Canada and Australia. The temptation for Dot to produce a sporting machine was too strong to resist and Wade developed a small, cheap 2-stroke machine which could be ridden on the road on an everyday basis but, with minor alternations such as taking off the lights, could compete in the popular scrambles and trials events of the day. The “Trials Scrambler” was introduced in 1951 and in a short time riders of the calibre of Bill Barugh and Terry Cheshire and hundreds of club riders had realised that such nimble lightweight machines had the beating of the larger machines previously predominant in the sport and ushered in the modern lightweight competition bikes. By a coincidence of fate 1951 was also the year that the Dot founder, Harry Reed, died. Dot also put some effort into developing a lightweight Road Racing machine, again entering the TT and won the Team Award in the 1951 Ultra Lightweight 125cc TT, the only such win by a British Manufacturer. The real demand however was for Trials and Scrambles and throughout the Fifties and into the early Sixties Dot were a considerable force to be reckoned with in Scrambles and Trials events both in the top events with Works Riders such as Eric Adcock, Jonnie Griffiths, Ernie Gree and pat Lamper and in a myriad of local events where the ordinary clubman could afford and ride similar machines to those campaigned by the Factory Team. Eventually however Dot found it increasingly difficult to compete with the larger Motorcycle Factories and the demise of their main engine supplier, Villiers, and the increasing number of foreign imports spelled the end of large scale production.

The Dot Factory still exists at Ellesmere Street, Hulme in Manchester with the company producing and selling a range of spares for postwar machines. The Dot Motorcycle Club actively caters for owners and enthusiasts, publishes a magazine and attends most major classic motorcycle events. Much of the material for this article comes from “Devoid of Trouble” , the history of Dot Motorcycles written by the Official Dot Historian, Ted Hardy. The book gives far more detail of Dot and is available via the Club website

still holding

Image by uteart
concentration… watching the ignition for just the ‘right time’ to let go of the fire rocket!!!


For 9 days, each day another trade/profession will pay for shooting off the hundreds of rockets. the first ones at 6am – then 12 noon – then7pm…. and the Rocket-Castle at 11pm at night.

Yesterday was the Bricklayer’s turn, always the loudest day of them all!! I went to the yard behind the church from where they’ll be launching the rockets. This aparently is not for the public, it’s a dangerous undertaking and the gates were closed behind the coheteros. And i was locked in with them, nobody has told me to leave… they let me take pictures!!!

All of a sudden i noticed 5 men were lighting up cigarettes, then the "supplier’ brought bundles of rockets and the coheteros started lighting them with their cigarettes, holding them between two fingers until they had catched fire before letting go. This is a dangerous and critical moment, because almost instantly after ignition, a huge fire beam would shoot from the rocket to the ground and the rocket was launched… handheld!!! A total of 1300 rockets were shot up into the air, in a 30-minute time frame, accompanied by a concert of ringing church bells.

Most rockets were launched, as you see here, bare handed!! Others were launched all lined up and stuck in some wooden- or metal frame support. Thus, by igniting the first one, some 50+ rockets would explode simultaneously… like machine-gunfire, Wow, what an experience!!!! – I took a few hundred shots (in brackets), just to catch that beam of fire, but neither the fire-beam, nor the explosions of the rockets up in the blue sky showed up much on my images taken in broad daylight, just a lot of smoke. I will look for a night shot in my archives, where the beam of fire is very visible and impressive.

texture added – texture by Skeletalmess, Thank You!!!


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