Category Archives: hand-spinning

The Most An Attentive Spinster Could Earn

Photo source. The 1830s decline of the cotton, linen, and wool industries coincided with the Poor Law Commissions, a series of inquiries which were intended to shape the Poor Law Act of 1838. In Mayo, a Reverend Peter Ward told … Continue reading

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The Junior Spinning Champion of Ireland and the Entente Cordiale

Front page of Le Petit Journal, 20 August 1905. On the 8th of April 1904, the United Kingdom and the French Republic signed the Entente Cordiale. This set of agreements essentially formalized the peace that had been between the countries … Continue reading

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Swiftly Turn The Murmuring Wheel

Did you know that in around 1806, William Wordsworth (aka “Daffodil Man“, 1770-1850) wrote … this? Song for the Spinning Wheel Swiftly turn the murmuring wheel! Night has brought the welcome hour, When the weary fingers feel Help, as if from … Continue reading

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An Experiment

Nicolas Grimshaw, ‘Father of the Belfast Cotton Industry’. On 11 November, 1778, Grimshaw received the thanks of the Belfast Charitable Society, who were directors of the local poorhouse. This was because he had given the poorhouse a machine for carding … Continue reading

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