Hall i’the Wood, Bolton

This is where Samuel Crompton developed his spinning machine. Crompton was a specialist weaver of fustians (cloth with a linen warp and a cotton weft) The machine he had invented could produce a avery fine thread. He was so concerned with keeping his invention secret tht he worked by night. Neighbours were curious and nervous about the strange noises which came from his home Hall i’the Wood, and so became the legend it was haunted. The macine was called a Mule, because it was a cross-breed of the spinning jenny and the water frame , and could out-perfrom both. Unfortunately, Crompton never patented his work, and many came to steal his secrets, despite him dismantling and hiding the machine leaving him virtually penniless.

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