The Impact of the Domestic Linen Industry in Ulster

The domestic linen industry left an indelible imprint on Ulster history.

Author: W. H. Crawford

Publisher: Ulster Historical Foundation

ISBN: 190368837X

Category: History

Page: 223

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The domestic linen industry left an indelible imprint on Ulster history. It was introduced by colonists from the north of England in the 17th century, before the arrival of the Huguenots, and encouraged by the landlords to improve their rentals. Earnings from raising flax, spinning yarn and weaving cloth, provided farming families with regular incomes that enabled them to lease small farms and improve marginal land. Continual improvements by Ulster bleachers in the finishing of linens secured for them control of the industry, focussing its development. Exports to Britain first through Dublin and then direct to Liverpool and London, created a merchant class and underpinned the development of Belfast and the provincial market towns. By 1800 Ulster was reckoned to be the most prosperous province in Ireland. It was also the most densely peopled with a population of two million in 1821, almost equal to that of Scotland.

The Industrial Archaeology of Northern Ireland

Notes and bibliographical references i There is a vast literature on the historical and technical evolution of the linen industry in Ireland, of which one may cite but a few of the more important items: L Crommelin, An Essay towards the ...

Author: William Alan McCutcheon

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838631256

Category: Social Science

Page: 395

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A major study of the growth and decline of transport and industry in Ulster, this extremely detailed and comprehensive book throws new light on the infrastructure of corn grinding, spade forging, paper making, and other industries, and examines the mechanics of early road, bridge, and canal construction, more than 850 photographs and charts are contained in this volume.

Irish Linen The Fabric of Elegance

A history of one of the most luxurious fabrics of the late 19th century. Perfect for any fan of textiles.

Author: Anon.

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 9781473380363

Category: History

Page: 44

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A history of one of the most luxurious fabrics of the late 19th century. Perfect for any fan of textiles.