Vol. 155: Woollen Manufacturing in Yorkshire

Vol. 155: Woollen Manufacturing in Yorkshire

This edition of the memorandum books of John Brearley of Wakefield provides a fascinating insight into the economic and social conditions prevalent in West Yorkshire at the middle of the eighteenth century. 

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A fascinating insight into the economic and social conditions prevalent in West Yorkshire in the middle of the 18th century. Brearley worked as a cloth frizzer, operating a mill which put fine raised nap on woollen cloth by running it between two sand-covered boards. His memorandum entries mainly reflect his familiarity with the region’s woollen and worsted industries, covering all aspects of the trade. Other entries – ranging from recipes, to get-rich-quick schemes, to observances on women, drinking, and the marital habits of merchants – provide a flavour of life in the pre-industrial north at the beginning of George III‘s reign.

  • Size 233 x 154mm
  • Format Hardback
  • Pages 168
  • ISBN 9780902122888
  • Editor John Smail
  • Year 2001