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There are big social issues associated with these places and no doubt without the slave trade that helped the trading triangle between England, Africa and America to flourish none of these mills would exist. The working conditions for the children employed there for 12 hours a day, 6 days a week would hardly meet the European Working Time Directive.
Styal Mill near Manchester, England is a National Trust property and it's a great place to spend a few hours. The demonstrators of the machinery are knowledgeable and excellent at communicating the history of this place. A wonderful demonstration of spinning technique has me wanting to find out more. Apparently there are associations of spinners, weavers and dyers. The original water mill is still providing power to the mechanised looms and the fabric that is woven there is sold in the shop.
If you are interested in industrial heritage and the story of the rise and fall of the cotton manufacturing industry in the UK then Styal would be the place to go.
About ten years ago it was certified for civil wedding ceremonies - my brother and his wife were married at Styal - it's a great backdrop to a wedding and holds many happy memories of that day for me together with the history of all the manufacturing that took place there over so many years - the essence of our
I really recommend it - great for fabric lovers, for husbands who love bits of machinery (my husband was as fascinated as I was) and the children there were captivated - how often do they see real manufacturing machinery - it's an impression that will probably last for a long time. Go!