Thursday, 2 June 2016
"Framework knitters and weavers with large families" (so they could do piece work at home and include the kids on the team).
"Boys and young Men may have Trades taught them, which will enable them to maintain a Family in a short Time." (Ditto. The bigger the family, the more people working for the mill!)
And yet Arkwright wasn't a bad man, by the standards of his day. He looked after his employees and provided homes in the village in sturdy, stone-built houses with gardens. Many of his workforce had probably been lead miners or agricultural workers and their mill conditions must have seemed almost luxurious by comparison.