Haworth's main industry during the middle Victorian period was mainly weaving, there was said to be 1,200 handlooms working at the time the Brontes were writing. Industrialisation grew quickly in the area, mills were built to accommodate modern machinery that was replacing the handloom. In 1910 Timmy Feather of Stanbury the "last of the handloom weavers" died. His loom and accessories is now at Cliffe Castle Museum Keighley.
Timmy Feather of Stanbury
All processes in the manufacture of worsted, from the
sheep's back to the finished cloth were carried out, Messrs
Merrall & Son Ltd., at Ebor (picture) were one of the
biggest manufacturers in the area. Today, Wyedean
weaving co ltd at Bridghouse Mill are the only company involved
in the manufacture of cloth. About
the Merrall Family Dynasty more...