Cotton factory, power loom workers

#Picture Number ST195

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of power loom workers in a cotton factory, 1843. Rows of looms stand in a vast factory; shafts near the ceiling, powered by steam, drive the looms, and women attend them. This illustration was sketched in Orrell’s factory, Stockport. Here there were 1300 looms. Each woman worker tended two looms; she had to mend broken threads, remove empty shuttles and replace them with full ones, and remove full warp beams and replace them with empty ones.