Bradford's Industrial Revolution

Bradford´s Textile Mills

On the Coat of Many Cultures you will find three former textile mills: Salts Mill, Manningham Mills and Moorside Mills. Many different kinds of textile mill were built during the 19th Century - some simple and functional, others ornate and imposing. The first mills were in rural settings but later, mills dominated the urban environment.


In 1800, with a population of 13,000, Bradford had just one spinning mill. By 1850, the population had grown to 103,000, and the number of spinning mills had dramatically increased to 129. By 1900 the number of mills stood at 350. 


Although huge fortunes were made by larger-than-life mill owners, this success was set against a backdrop of misery, suffering and exploitation. Mill workers, some as young as five, worked long hours in dangerous conditions for poor wages. 


For more information about Samuel Cunliffe Lister, Sir Titus Salt and John Moore and their mills, download the information page 'Bradford's Textile Mills' from the worksheets section (see link below).

Map view of Manningham Mills, Bradford»

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