Enterprise and Innovation 1750 - 1810
The industry started coming into it's own with new inventions bringing the price of garments down to a price affordable to the wider public.
Securing a reliable supply of quality cotton yarn was crucial to the development and success of the cotton knitting industry in the East Midlands.Find out more
In 1712 Thomas Newcomen invented a steam-powered engine. He realised that steam produced by heating water could be trapped in a cylinder and that sufficient pressure could be built up to raise a piston.Find out more
While Arkwright had successfully experimented with the spinning of cotton yarn, the worsted spinning sector had watched developments with interest.Find out more
In the earliest days of the knitting industry, knitted clothes were expensive and worn mainly by royalty and the aristocracy. Gradually this changed as worsted and cotton yarns brought more affordable knitted clothing to the wider population.Find out more
In the second half of the eighteenth century there were a number of advances in the development and use of knitting-frame technology.Find out more