Life in the mills
Find out about the working lives of the Witney blanket makers.
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Child labour - unlike northern English textile industries, there seems to have
been relatively little child labour employed in Witney.
Pay and conditions - the pay and terms of the blanket workers, from cottage industry
to the factory system.
Health and safety - working conditions, accidents and hazards.
Training in the mills - the different methods of training workers over the years, from
apprenticeships to educational courses.
Benefits - Witney blanket manufacturers were long recognised as being
caring for their workers, find out about some of the benefits
Trade unions and strikes - trade unionism did not arrive in Witney until the 20th century,
find out about its impact here.