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A visit to Styal Mill is the best was to learn about living and working conditions in textile mills in the early Nineteenth century

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"A visit to Styal Mill is the best was to learn about living and working conditions in textile mills in the early Nineteenth century" Around the time of Styal Mill's operation the industrial revolution was in full swing. It was about this time that all industries were becoming mechanised and incorporating the new technology of the times. Examples of this are where the water frames were added at Styal between 1822-30 and also the introduction of weaving sheds to facilitate even more production in the years of 1839-42. ...read more.


This was first powered by water and then later by steam, it gave the strong, smooth threads that were needed at the time and not produced by the water frame. Both of these machines were too big to be put in a house due to their sources of power, and thus began the textile mills' transition from the domestic system to the industry we see today. Another factor influencing the development of industry at the time was the railways. These great machines could carry much more than the previous systems incorporating barges and horse-drawn carriages, trains could tow multiple freight cars, allowing hundreds of times more materials to be carried in one trip. ...read more.


As railways came into more use, tracks were laid all over the country and the vast transport network increased. Styal Mill itself was built by Samuel Greg in 1784 under the old clock tower, on the river Boyne near Manchester. It was placed here for several reasons; the river for a power source, a large area should the mill require expansion and this also allowed the later introduction of weaving sheds in 1839. The only problems with the site were that it was expensive at �16,000 and that there was not a large labor force nearby. ...read more.

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