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the lace industry

An Excerpt


There were no Health and Safety Regulations and machines had no safety guards. If someone trapped their hand in a machine and couldn’t work, he would have had to leave and starve, or go into the Workhouse.

Children as young as seven worked in the Mills.There is one story of a little girl who caught her skirt in the machinery and was killed.


The rooms in the Lace Mills were deafening.The thunder of the machines was loud and there constant drumming could be heard around the town. Twisthands, as lace makers were known, who worked on the machines quickly became deaf.

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