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Crank Mills, showing a Northrop Automatic Loom (Morley)
Colour imageFebruary, 1967. view of a Northrop Automatic Loom at Crank Mill, producing typical Morley Union cloth. The loom is not running but was photographed on a Saturday morning in February 1967 when the mill was at a standstill. The weaver stands on a board at the right hand side of the loom where the finished piece of cloth is being wrapped around the take-up beam. One of her two main jobs is to regularly inspect to see if there are any broken threads, either in the warp (uncommon) or in the weft (much more likely. Her other main task is to keep the magazine (at the end of the loom, with the name 'Northrop' on it), full of weft bobbins that are loaded and threaded in the shuttles that fly backwards and forwards through the alternate sets of cotton threads. The pattern and strength of the weave comes from the tuner and foreman healder setting up the gears and slays behind the wooden packing block, in the correct positions. In the early days of power looms one weaver concentrated on just one loom. Then some improvements came and they began to weave two looms back to back. With Northrop Automatics some wove four looms - back to back and side by side. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Female weavers with the overlooker (Unknown)
Black & White imagec1910. View of female weavers with the male overlooker at an unidentified mill, thought to be in the Churwell or Morley area. Most of the women are clad in full length pinafores. Two of them are holding a weaving shuttle. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Gillroyd Mills, Wide Lane, a weaver and Loom Tuner stand beside a plain loom (Morley) (1 comment)
Black & White imageUndated. Image shows a weaver, left, holding a shuttle and a Tuner, right, with his spanner, standing beside a plain loom at John Hartley and Sons Ltd., Gillroyd Mills in Wide Lane. Plain looms were most common in Morley between 1870 (when many were introduced to manufacture both uniform and blanket cloth for both sides in the Franco-Prussian war) until the restructuring of the 1920s, when many had become 'clapped out' after the heavy duty of the First World War. They were often replaced with semi-automatic and fully automatic looms. The long mill skirt of this weaver would be used to carry bobbins of weft from the spinning department to the skep at the side of the loom. Some estimate that 500 bobbins could be carried in one skirtful! Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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Greenwood Row, Crimbles (Pudsey)
Colour imageNovember 2009. View of Greenwood Row in the old Crimbles area of Pudsey, dating from the early nineteenth century. Greenwood Row is an example of through, double-fronted clothiers' houses. The weavers and their families used the ground floor as sleeping and living accommodation and the upper floor of each cottage was equipped as a workshop housing the looms. Greenwood Row was built by joiner, Edward Greenwood who, as a result of the Enclosure Act, had acquired a small enclosure allotment on Crimbles Green. He built the houses to make a profit on the sale or rental.
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Greenwood Row, Crimbles (Pudsey)
Colour imageNovember 2009. View of early nineteenth century stone-built weavers cottages in the Crimbles area of Pudsey. These are double-fronted through properties named Greenwood Row after the builder, joiner Edward Greenwood. He aquired the land as a result of the Enclosures Act and built the row for sale or rental. Weavers housed their looms and workshops on the upper storeys and used the ground floor as living and sleeping accommodation. The view looks towards Kent Road (formerly Crimbles Road) where the nineteenth century Gasworks office can be seen. It was built to designs by Bradford architect, Mr. Milnes in 1877 and has a square clock tower with three illuminated clock faces made by William Potts & Sons of Leeds.
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