Hand loom

1825-1835 in Unknown place

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Handloom, c.1830. This loom was originally used at Vale Mills, Micklehurst, Cheshire. Photographed on display in the
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Wooden frame hand loom, made around 1830.

Before factories, families made cloth together by hand. They had machines like these in their homes or small workshops. Women used spinning wheels to twist cotton into yarn. Men worked on looms, weaving it into fabric.

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Science and Industry Museum: Textiles Gallery

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Textile Industry
Object Number:
metal (unknown) and wood (unidentified)
hand loom
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment
Gift of Salford Museum and Art Gallery

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