Books of Interest: Derbyshire Places & Families

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   The Strutt Family and the Industrial Revolution

    The Cotton Manufacture of Great Britain [Download HERE]

Illustrated by 150 figures engraved in wood and steel. By Andrew Ure, MD, FRS. Volume One. 1836.

arkwright's machineCONTENTS OF VOL. I.

Introduction
BOOK I. ORIGIN AND PROGRESS OF THE COTTON MANUFACTURE IN ITS HANDICRAFT STATE
BOOK II. NATURAL HISTORY AND HUSBANDRY OF COTTON.
BOOK III. ORIGIN, PROGRESS AND PRESENT STATE OF THE MANUFACTURE OF COTTON BY MECHANICAL POWER

This includes a description of the silk mills of Derby and cotton mills of Belper, Arkwright, Strutt, early history of the mills and mill-owners, diagrams of machinery, patent documents and other vauluable historical information.

 

The illustration is of Arkwright's original patent water-frame spinning machine of 1769

A Collection of Decrees in Tithe Causes (Extract) [Download HERE]

Fourth Volume, extracts from the Book of Decrees and Orders of the Court of Exchequer by Hutton Wood (1799). This extract covers the evidence given against Jedidiah Strutt and others in Derbyshire in 1795, in considering the impact of the Enclosure Act. Valuable historical data.

The House of Lords Session Papers 1801-1833 Vol 92 Extract [Download HERE]

"Reports of the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Select Committee on the State of Children employed in the Manufactories of the Unites Kingdom" 1816. Sir Robert Peel was the Chairman. Following reports of poor conditions in the mills and the use of young children, the House of Lords conducted a full enquiry and mill owners and managers were called to give evidence. George Benson Strutt, Richard Arkwright and others are included in these papers. It includes a letter of testimony from Jedidiah Strutt of Belper.

Samuel Slater, The Strutts and the Mills [Download HERE]

Samuel slater

"A Memoir of Samuel Slater connection with the History and Rise and Progress of the Cotton Manufacture in England and America" by George S. White, second edition 1838.

Contains information about the birth, rise and early history of Samuel Slater, his apprenticeship to Jedidiah Strutt, his travelling to America and subsequent development of cotton spinning there. Many illustrations including the mills of Belper.

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