Conditions in the Mill of ‘Old’ working Manchester

At the beginning of the 18th century, Manchester was a small market town with a population of less than 10,000. By the end of the century, the textile industry had grown and became king, which rose population growth to 89,000.

The growth was the result of workers moving out of the countryside and into the city as the prospect of better pay and conditions from textile production.

Jesse Broad and Co, Printing Press, Manchester, 1935

However the reality of Mill life was poor pay, poor working conditions and long hours.

Taken from an interview recorded with Mrs E. Donaldson on the 3rd November 1979, Mrs Donaldson shares her childhood memories of family members who worked in a Manchester Mill.

In the clip below, Mrs Donaldson describes her first memory when she was a little girl, of her Aunt working at the mill and how she would take dinner down for her.  

Mrs Donaldson declares how…

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