Links to other websites and further information about subjects related to this website.


BRADFIELD, N. 1997 Historical costumes of England: From the eleventh to the twentieth century. Orpington: Eric Dobby Publishing Ltd.

CUMMING, V. 1981 Costume history 1500-1900. London: Batsford Academic and Educational Limited.

FARRELL, J. 1992 Socks and stockings. London: B.T.Batsford Ltd.

NUNN, J. 2000 Fashion in costume 1200-2000. London: The Herbert Press.



BENSON, A.P. 1983 Textile machines. Princes Risborough: Shire Publications Ltd.

BRACKENBURY, T. 1996 Knitted clothing technology. Oxford: Blackwell Science Ltd.

PALMER, M. 1984 Framework knitting. Princes Risborough: Shire Publications Ltd.

SPENCER, D.J. 2001 Knitting technology: A comprehensive handbook and practical guide. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Limited.


Industrial History

ASPIN, C. 2000 The woollen industry. Princes Risborough: Shire Publications Ltd.

BENSON, A.P. 1983 Textile machines. Princes Risborough: Shire Publications Ltd. 

BERG, M. 1994 The age of manufactures 1700-1820: Industry, innovation and work in Britain. Routledge: London.

BRIGGS, A. 1984 Marks and Spencer 1884-1984. London: Octopus Books Limited.

CHAPMAN, S.D. 1967 The early factory masters: the transition to the factory system in the Midlands textile industry. Newton Abbot: David & Charles.

CHAPMAN, S.D. 1967 Felkin's history of the machine wrought hosiery and lace manufacturers. Newton Abbot: David & Charles.

CHAPMAN, S.D. 2002 Hosiery and knitwear: Four centuries of small-scale industry in Britain, c. 1589-2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

GURNHAM, R. 1976 200 years: The hosiery unions 1776-1976. Leicester: National Union of Hosiery and Knitwear Workers.

HENSON, G. 1970 Henson's history of the framework knitters (1831).Newton Abbot: David & Charles.

HOBSBAWM, E.J. 1972 Industry and empire. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd.

HUDSON, P. 1996 The industrial revolution. London: Arnold.

MASON, S.A. 2000 The history of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. Leicester: The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters.

MILLINGTON, J. and CHAPMAN, S. (eds.) 1989 Four centuries of machine knitting. Leicester: Knitting International.

PALMER, M. 1984 Framework knitting. Princes Risborough: Shire Publications Ltd.

RUDD, B.G. 2014 Courtaulds and the Hosiery and Knitwear Industry: a study of Acquisition, merger & decline. Lancaster: Carnegie Publishing.

WELLS, F.A. 1972 The British hosiery and knitwear industry. Newton Abbot: David & Chrles (Publishers) Ltd.

Local History

BARTON, S. and MURRAY, R. 2000 Twisted yarns: The story of the hosiery industry in Hinckley. Hinckley: North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.

BOWLES, G. and KIRRANE, S. 1990 Knitting together: Memories of Leicestershire's hosiery industry. Leicester: Leicestershire Museums, Arts and Records Service.

HINCKS, J. (ed.) 2000 Aspects of Leicester: Discovering local history. Barnsley: Wharncliffe Books.

HORNSBY, M. The Loughborough job: The incident at Heathcoat's Mill.Loughborough: ReprintUK.

JOPP, K. 1965 Corah of Leicester 1815-1965. Leicester: Raithby, Lawrence and Company Ltd.

LEICESTER AND COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 1938 Leicester clothes the world. Leicester: Leicester and County Chamber of Commerce.

NASH, D. and REEDER, D. 1993 Leicester in the twentieth century.Stroud: Alan Sutton Publishing.

SMITH, D. 1965 The industrial archaeology of the East Midlands.London: David & Charles.



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