Bolton's mills, how the spinning mule changed the textile industry, 1672-1929

Bolton's textile industry, 18th-19th century : manufacture, trade and politics

Bolton's textile industry, 18th-19th century : manufacture, trade and politics

About the year 1772 I began to endeavour to find out, if possible, a better way of making cotton yarn than was then in general use; being grieved at the bad yarn I had to weave. But to be short, it took me six years
Samuel Crompton, Dec 1802The Crompton papers, 1672-1929; General Correspondence & Papers (1802); img 8

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See the mills of North West England develop through the industrial revolution

This collection contains the private and commercial papers of two prominent families in the history of Bolton’s textile industry. The Crompton family are significant due to Samuel Crompton’s invention of the spinning mule in 1779, an innovation that revolutionised the manufacture of textiles. The Heywoods, meanwhile, owe their fame to Robert Heywood, who used his successful textile business as a springboard for a career in local politics during the rise of the Chartist movement. Considered together, these papers therefore provide a useful overview of the social, political, and economic impact of the industrial revolution in Northern England.  

Note: The Crompton papers are accompanied by an online guide written by Geoff Timmins. 

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Bolton's mills, how the spinning mule changed the textile industry, 1672-1929...

Containing 7,006 pages belonging to 108 documents housed in 2 volumes...

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The Crompton papers, 1672-1929

The Crompton papers are arranged chronologically. About half the documents date from the lifetime of Samuel Crompton, though relatively few...

The Heywood papers, 1799-1866

The Heywood papers are arranged thematically. Part 1 contains correspondence from 1808-1820, mostly business letters of John and Robert Heywood...

Insights

  • The Crompton Papers are the largest part of this collection. The majority of these papers are letters from 1672 to 1862.
  • The latter three pages of Crompton document listings cover Crompton as the inventor of the mule. They also include family wills, extracts of items on the cotton industry and his account books.
  • Charles Dickens' journal All The Year Round features within papers on the doctrines of Emanuel Swedenborg. The volume from April in 1860 includes a biography of Samuel Crompton.
  • The Heywood papers contain information on Heywood's international travel and trade. They also include correspondence on the Bolton's politics, including the Chartist riots.
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