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HRS 3363 Spinning mules Hoddlesden 1970s

The image was taken in the 1970s in Hoddlesden, near Darwen in Lancashire in one fo the last cotton spinning mills in production. The spinning mule was invented by Samuel Crompton of Bolton between 1774-1779 and helped hasten along the industrial revolution. It is of course, the classic image associated with child labour where children routinely cleaned the loose cotton from under the moving mule frame, with many children being hurt, maimed and even killed.
The mule carriage moved from left to right drawing out the cotton and then twisting it, the carriage then returning as the cotton was wound on to bobbins.
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Keywords:cotton industry, darwen, dust, health and safety, hoddlesden, hoddlesden, holden and Haworth, lancashire, spinning, spinning mules, textiles

HRS 3363 Spinning mules Hoddlesden 1970s