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Richard Arkright
Updated: 9/14/2020
Richard Arkright
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  • I am Richard Arkright , a businessman , I see an opportunity to make money in the textile industry.
  • As it was so big, it required power to drive it and a large space to put in: a factory. I decided to use water power. And the machine was called the water frame
  • I provided money for the an inventor who developed a machine for spinning cotton. The machine produced a better thread than existing machine.
  • In 1771 I borrowed enough money to open the first cotton factory at Cromford.
  • To attract workers, I built cottages close to the factory and people came from around Derbyshire. I prefer weavers with large families. The women and children (from age six) worked in my spinning factory
  • The mill was successful and I built more in Lancashire, Staffordshire and Scotland.From these mills and the patents I took out, I made a fortune.
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