06. Textile Ancillary Trades
With the building of steam factories and the continual improvement in machines, there was a need for supportive trades to maintain production of yarn or cloth. From 1823, Lawrence Wilson had produced bobbins and spindles, his firm starting in a small way, eventually expanded to become the largest bobbin producer in the world.
Similarly, throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Fieldens of Inchfield produced pickers, as did Waltons of Stoneswood Mill. Crossley Greenwoods were shuttle makers, Coupes & Whittaker were sizers. All these firms helped to maintain the spinning and weaving establishments.
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