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Jack Eyres History Coursework Study Sources A-E. Do these sources, and the site at Quarry Bank Mill; fully explain what working conditions were like for children in textile mills, such as the one at Quarry Bank, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries? Explain your answer with reference to your site study at Quarry Bank Mill; the sources and knowledge form your studies. Firstly, I am going to study Sources A-E. Source A is an eyewitness account of a visit to Quarry Bank Mill in 1845. This is quite useful in the sense that it is an eyewitness account, and is first hand evidence. Frederick Engles, the writer was obviously an educated man and a respected writer. Engles was also a campaigner for the rights of the labouring classes such as the very young children. The report that he gave the mill was in favour of the owner, because Greg had shown him around all of the best areas of the mill. ...read more.


In Source C, there is information from a textbook by Dr Pauline Gregg (who was of no relation to Samuel Greg), gives evidence about the poor areas of the mills. The source is limited by the fact that it was just from a textbook and didnt focus on any particular aspect of the mills, just mills in general. It does not give information about other mills and her account of punishments seems to rely on Robert Blincoe. A historian wrote it, however, so lots of research will have been done and it should have no bias although it may not be reliable for specific examples. Although not a primary source of evidnce, it was well planned and the writer was taking information from both sides before coming to a conclusion, I dont think this source is good enough to fully explain working conditions for children in mills. It may be true for other mills but she has just taken an average and thought that in was inevitable in all mills. ...read more.


Other research that I did backs up evidence that Quarry Bank Mill was a good place to work. Samuel Greg put guards on machines and extractor fans before legislation forced him to do so. Greg's punishments were not harsh compared to a lot of other mills. However, most other evidence about mills is bad - my research states that children were hung over machinery by their hands and one girl lost her leg after having been caught in the dangerous machinery. The sanittaion at the mill was much better, there was an apprentice house, where they had clean beds, clean toilets and a healthy diet. In conclusion, I think that the above information sources are too unreliable to tell us fully what mills were like in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. For example, most sources have been influenced by Samuel Greg to make his mill look better and due to health and safety rules, the site visit was also too limited to get a good picture of what Quarry Bank Mill used to be like. Jack Eyres ...read more.

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