Ring spinning frame, made by Platt Brothers & Co. Ltd, Oldham, 1901, and used at Brooklands Mill, Leigh.
Today the ring spinning frame is the most popular spinning machine in the world. However, Lancashire’s mill owners, wary of the expense of updating all their machinery, were slow to adopt the technology. Many blamed this caution for the decline of the region’s cotton industry in the 1950s and 1960s.
This shortened ring spinning frame was used for spinning test pieces of medium count yarn at Brooklands Mill in Leigh. It has 16 spindles each side.