G. Strosse Ltd - Shoddy & Mungo Merchants, Dewsbury

Ian Beesley

G. Strosse Ltd - Shoddy & Mungo Merchants, Dewsbury', about 1986
Ian Beesley/Science Museum Group
© Ian Beesley

Gelatine silver print entitled 'G. Strosse Ltd - Shoddy & Mungo Merchants, Dewsbury' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.

The 'mungo and shoddy' trade bought much prosperity to Batley and Dewsbury and the Spen Valley for a hundred and fifty years after 1810. Shoddy is the remnants of soft woollen materials such as flannels and blankets, whereas mungo is the more superior type of woollen cloths. By mixing the two the industry can produce a thick, warm but not very durable cloth. Here this cylindrical machine armed with sharp cutting teeth is cutting woollen jackets into rags.

[Table 77: Through the Mill - The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs, by Ian Beesley and Introduction by Gary Firth]


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silver gelatin print
The National Media Museum, Bradford

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