Records relating to Spinning

Scope and Content

Records relating to the spinning enterprises of Samuel Oldknow. Some records are financial records relating to payment to spinners, and some are production records relating to yarn produced by Oldknow; most of the latter relate to Mellor mill. The earliest records relating to the payment of spinners indicate the existence of the domestic spinning, while those from the early 1790s onwards relate to the factory system, as Oldknow set up spinning factories in Stockport and Mellor. The records from Mellor mill contain valuable information on the relative costs of yarn and labour.