Below are some resources I recommend if any of your ancestors in your family tree were Cotton Weavers.
Description: Someone who worked in the textile industry creating a fabric by manually interlacing the warp (vertical) threads and the waft (horizontal) threads; Someone who worked in the textile industry operating a loom that allowed the interlacing the warp (vertical) threads and the waft (horizontal) threads. In both cases the shuttle was knocked from side to side across the loom. Each time the weft passed through a gap in the warp, made by lifting alternate sets of warp yarn. A highly skilled individual who wove cotton into objects to sell. They were highly paid until the invention of first the handloom and later the steam-powered loom. This destroyed the industry and allowed manufacturers to mass-produce cotton products. This rendered entire towns in the North useless. By 1850 there were some 550 cotton mills in Lancashire, which had become the hub for the industry. Conditions in those mills were poor with aching head and limbs and nausea being commonplace, not to mention the over-crowding, the smell, the heat, lack of sanitation, the long hours and the repetitive, boring work. Workers developed tuberculosis, bronchitis and asthma thanks to the cotton lint in the air. See also: Beater, Fustian Weaver, Weaver, Fustian Cutter, Fuller, Beamer, Cotton Feeder, Cotton Winder, Beetler, Billier, Cotton Spinner, Cotton Scavenger, Bobbin Carrier, Bobbin Turner.
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