Napoleonic Wars raised both demand and price for linen goods in
the 1790s, but at the same time made
Baltic trade in raw materials more difficult. Napoleon's blockade
of the Baltic raised the price of a ton of flax from £40 to £170.
West House was the production leader around 1814, followed by
Little Patrick Mills and Aked High Mill at West End, 1817 - 1821,
and finally Bentham Mill 1825 - 1838.
The tonnage of shipping from the Baltic via Lancaster to Bentham
Mills was falling back in the late 1790s, while from 1808 to 1813
no ships entered at the port at all. Some flax was brought in
to Bentham Mills from Liverpool to fill the gap until 1808, when
the blockade really began to bite.
Meanwhile the West House Mill and the West End Mills in
North Yorkshire got their raw materials via Hull, and the east
coast. and so managed to fare much better. The Mill at Bentham did
not recover until the late 1820's and then prospered greatly in
1826, and then peaked in 1829 until the late 1830's.