TUCKERS ACCOUNTS

Scope and Content

Tuckers were subcontractors who undertook the finishing of the lengths of woven cloth, including, milling or fulling, drying on outdoor racks, and raising.

Ledgers record weekly payments made to tuckers for milling (shrinking) and gigging (raising) blankets. Each gives amounts and qualities of stockfuls and rugs done in each process (processes sometimes appear to be given a code). They also give intermittent summaries of processes and amounts paid to men listed. Could be payments only to head tucker for him to disperse which was a common practice.