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The Early Factory Masters - Stanley D. Chapman

David & Charles, 1967, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Ex-library with usual marks, numerals to the spine, pocket to the pastedown now removed, stamp to the reverse of the title page.

Illustrated with black and white photographs, drawings and tables. From the cover: “The transition from hand-loom weaving to mechanised spinning towards the end of the eighteenth century, and the resulting spectacular growth of factory production in the cotton industry, provided the essential impetus for the Industrial Revolution in Britain. In the Midlands, the textile industry was transformed by the introduction of Richard Arkwright’s first cotton mills at Nottingham and in the Peak District of Derbyshire, the success of which soon precipitated an era of widespread speculation in factory production. Before the end of the century, a rash of ‘dark satanic mills’ had spread over the Midlands and into the neighbouring regions of Lancashire and the West Riding. This book analyses the backgrounds and careers of the first generation of cotton and worsted manufacturers in the Midlands, identifying their social origins and connections, their motives and rewards for entering the new industry and the financial and labour problems which they encountered. Especially does it throw new light on the controversial subject of child labour in the cotton mills — the boy and girl apprentices who were ‘kept decently clad, had a bettermost suit reserved for Sundays and were occasionally allowed a little time for play in the open air’. Tracing the emergence of a new social class through the case histories of almost a hundred factory owners in a region that cradled the modern industrial system, this book fills an important gap in our knowledge of Britain’s industrial history and is the most definitive study yet made of the origins and early development of the textile industry in the Midlands.”
Size: 8½" x 6"
Number of Pages: 256

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