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[Note 509.1] "In 1790 Mr. Robert Grimshaw" [1757-1799], "of Gorton House, Gorton, near Manchester (having contracted with the Rev. Dr. Cartwright, the inventor of the power-loom, for the privilege of using 500 of his looms), erected, for their reception, a weaving factory at Knott Mill, with steam-power. The mill was finished, and the machinery, including 30 power-looms,"

"Dr Cartwright had erected a mill for power-looms at Doncaster but with so little success that it was abandoned"

Reference:

John Harland and T.T. Wilkinson, Ballads and Songs of Lancashire, Second Edition (London, George Routledge and Sons, 1875)
P202-203

Rev. Dr. Cartwright, Edmund Cartwright 1743-1823 patented power loom designs in 1785 and 1789.

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Cartwright [accessed 21May2019]

Knott Mill, Manchester M15 4PS near the current Deansgate (formerly Knott Mill) railway station.

[Note 509.2] The mill was destroyed by fire in 1792 [i]
As the proprietor had previously received several anonymous letters threatening destruction to the mill if he persisted to work it, there is every reason to conclude that the fire did not happen without design, but was the work of an incendiary. Mr. Grimshaw was about erecting another mill in Gorton, but this fire not only deterred him, but others, from bringing the invention into use; and the next attempt to introduce power-looms into Manchester was not made till sixteen years afterwards. [ii]

References:

[i] Grimshaw Origins and History http://grimshaworigin.org/grimshaw-involvement-in-the-industrial-revolution/robert-grimshaw-builder-of-loom/ [accessed 21May2109]

[ii] John Harland and T.T. Wilkinson, Ballads and Songs of Lancashire, Second Edition (London, George Routledge and Sons, 1875)
P202

[Note 509.3] Robert and his brother John went into bankruptcy, perhaps as a result of the destruction of the mill, and Robert took his own life in 1799 while in debtors' prison in London.

Reference

Grimshaw Origins and History http://grimshaworigin.org/grimshaw-involvement-in-the-industrial-revolution/robert-grimshaw-builder-of-loom/ [accessed 21May2109]

 

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