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Crompton's spinning mule frame, 1770s.

Crompton's spinning mule frame, 1770s.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm


This hybrid spinning machine combined Arkwright's method of drawing out the roving (twisted cotton fibres) by rollers and Hargreaves's reciprocating carriage. It was invented by Samuel Crompton (1753-1827) of Bolton, Lancashire, between 1772 and 1779 for the purpose of spinning the fine yarn suitable for weft in weaving. The original machine, of which this is a replica, had about 144 spindles, but this copy has at some time been cut down to a convenient size for exhibition purposes. The original is preserved at Bolton Museum & Art Gallery.

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