Posted by Caroline on October 14, 1997 at 10:33:44:
In response to historic inventions, written by Elissa on October 14, 1997 at 00:24:07
The chances wrought by Hargreaves and his Spinning Jenny, Crompton and his Mule, M.Jaquard and all the others are fascinating!What is even more so is that one area of Britain (Lancashire) changed so tremendously because of these inventions, but other weaving areas like the Cotswolds changed hardly at all, and when the demand for their speciality(for the Cotswolds it was red cloth for uniforms) disappeared, so did they.
As an aside , it's worth noting that these inventions are still viable today. There are silk mills in Essex that still weave with 180-year -old looms, because those machine will weave anything- silk, leather strips, straw, anything. They may not be that fast, but they are adaptable, sturdy and user-friendly. Even I understood whatwas going on when I watched them!They make their money by specialist weaving, for people that can afford to pay a bit more.
Elissa, you might like to look up Edward Jenner, too, knowing where your interests lie. He and his cow, Bessie, changed the outlook of the nation and took the whole world a huge step further in their quest for a better life-style.
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