Samuel Oldknow - A New Perspective, by Hilary Atkinson

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Samuel Oldknow - A New Perspective, by Hilary Atkinson

Samuel Oldknow - A New Perspective, by Hilary Atkinson

Booklet published by the Marple Local History Society, 68 pages. A5 size booklet (N5847)

From the introduction: If anyone can be taken to represent the entrepreneurs of the early industrial revolution, Samuel Oldknow would be a prime candidate for that role. Largely self-educated, and with a driving ambition, he was involved in the cotton industry almost from the time it began its rise to prominence. Oldknow was a principal player in the industry as it developed through the last two decades of the eighteenth century. He was very much a man of his time - a rationalist, a Dissenter and very much involved in experimentation with new processes and new products. Always keen to become involved in every opportunity from the development of his businesses to the betterment of the wider community, he was invariably overstretched financially by the sheer scale of his activities. As a result he relied heavily on his friend and sometime partner, Richard Arkwright, to finance his capital works.

During his lifetime manufacturing, led by the cotton industry, changed dramatically and Oldknow was at the vanguard of that change. It transformed from a semi-rural system of organising disparate skilled workers to a concentrated urban activity using largely unskilled workers to produce large quantities of yarn and cloth. The term 'manufacturer' originally meant a person who contracted with self-employed spinners and weavers working on their own as outworkers. By the end of his business life, Oldknow was still described as a manufacturer but the meaning had changed completely to describe a person who organised and ran a factory. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries, north west England and particularly Manchester became known worldwide as the commercial centre of the cotton industry....


Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs, and a small crease along the left hand edge, but the staple spine is tight and intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Has a small price sticker on the rear side.
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