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48,091. Cockerill’s design was a straight steal which took the rollers from the Arkwright Water Frame and the clasp and carriage from the Spinning Jenny. He was the first man to successfully make a spinning machine that spun short-fibred wool ... He called it The Mule. (Steam & Engine & Wool & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England) The Fred Dibnah Story: Beginnings 1978
48,092. By 1813 William Cockerill’s manufacturing empire employed fifty blacksmiths and fifteen hundred wool workers. (Steam & Engine & Wool & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Manufacturing) ibid.
48,093. By 1830 Cockerill was the largest integrated company in the world of Europe. Maybe even the world. (Steam & Engine & Wool & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Manufacturing) ibid.
49,211. This is woolen thread. And this is a frame-loom. It’s very basic. This is the warp, running up and down, and the weft crosses it. So to weave you pass the weft up and over each of the warps. It does the job. Mark Williams, Industrial Revelations: Pennine Passage
49,212. This is the hand-loom. And represents a significant improvement. ibid.
50,115. Lime also makes great mortar. And so as the building increased so did the demand for lime carried on the canal. But it also became an important trade route for another cargo: woollen goods. (Canal & Industrial Revolution & Engineering & Great Britain & England & Wool) ibid.
49,213. Man can never match it. No other material, natural or man-made, has all its qualities. But man can refine and improve wool. He has done so by selective breeding of sheep and by incorporating in wool fabrics such qualities as shrink resistance, durable creasing and pleating, mothproofing, shower-proofing and stain-proofing.
Science and technology have kept wool in the forefront of fabrics, adapting to modern needs without impairing its virtues. Wool is part of Britain’s history and heritage, more so than any other commodity ever produced in these islands. It was woven into cloth here in the Bronze Age which began about 1,900 B.C. But in historical terms this is comparatively recent. Elsewhere in the world, primitive man had domesticated the sheep in 10,000 B.C. Seven Sisters Sheep Centre online article
105,234. Wool was the mainstay of the economy. (Shakespeare & England & Wool) Michael Wood, Shakespeare’s Mother: The Secret Life of a Tudor Woman, BBC 2017
127,481. In her very first wool voyage in 1886 the clipper [Cutty Sark] sailed from Sydney to London in 84 days … By 1888 … reaching the British capital in 73 days. (Ship & Wool) Clydebuilt: The Ships that Made the Commonwealth I: Cutty Sark, David Hayman, BBC 2019