The Lancashire Factory Girl

Cotton Mill Song

Originally uploaded by rachel riggs

Yesterday i recorded the song I found right at the beginning of my research, with Sian de Lier. She’s a great musician and performer based in Lancaster, who’s often worked with DNA puppetry and visual theatre as well as Horse & Bamboo. Its called ‘The Lancashire Factory Girl’ (an ”ower true” picture) from during the time of the Cotton famine, Preston, Nov 25th 1862. Its the only female song Ive found about life in the cotton mills specifically from Preston and is very emotive about a girl called Winnie who has nothing left to live on nor family.

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