Coarse fabrics chiefly are manufactured, but the product also comprises percales, fine calicoes, ginghams, shirtings, towelings, sheetings and other kinds of goods.
American sheetings compete with Lancashire goods in the China market.
Sheetings for home trade are often double-warp, and double-warp twills and Wigans were and are used for the old-fashioned type of men's night-shirts.
The chief imports are cotton goods, the yearly value of this trade being fully £250,000; the sheetings are largely American; the 3 remainder English and Indian.
Other products and their values in 1900 and 1905 were as follows: brown or bleached sheetings and shirtings, 283,105,383 sq.