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A brief history of wool recycling in Yorkshire, England (1800-present day)


1800 - 1850


The ‘shoddy’ process revolutionized the woollen fabric industry in the UK and its impact was worldwide. It transformed small agricultural villages such as Batley...

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1850 - 1900


Look out for the second chapter which maps the growth of the heavy-woollen district and highlights the characters, family businesses and factories involved...

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1900 - 1950


Both World Wars are included here, when many Batley mills worked around the clock to make uniforms and blankets. As the best-known Batley historian claims...

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1950 - 2000


This is a period, where both the decline of trade and mills were most devastating and in 1954 a government report stated that only Liverpool slums were worse than those in Batley...

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2000 - Present


The age of the digital revolution emerges as the last traditional UK shoddy manufacturer from the industrial revolution closes...

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