|Hall i' th' Wood|
Samuel Crompton was one of the more famous inhabitants of the hall and it is here that he both designed and built the first Spinning Mule. Crompton's mule was quite basic in comparison to its derivatives that were developed in the 1800s yet produced a strong, thin yarn suitable for most types of textiles from its 48 spindles. Amazingly, at the peak of the cotton industry in Lancashire there was in excess of 50,000,000 spindles. With 1320 spindles per mule and about 60 mules per mill you can appreciate just how many cotton mills existed in Lancashire alone. The mule, incidentally, was the most common form of spinning machine from about 1790 through to 1900.
|Samuel Crompton's birthplace at Firwood Fold|
Very easy to find, both Hall i' th' Wood and Firwood Fold and well worth a visit if you have time.
|Samuel Crompton's birthplace to the left, the schoolhouse to the right. Lovely old cobbled street at Firwood Fold.|