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Haworth History - Weaving

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
Timmy Feather Weaving
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...

Messrs Merrall & Son Ltd.

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