an unidentified man in Rossendale, Lancashire - between 1840 and 1860

from My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories, pages 52–53:

An old man told me that when he was about 20 years of age, they had nine looms in the garret, and they had to work hard to make 6/- a week each. All the time they would be singing away to the click of the shuttle. Another man contrived to couple four looms together with strings, levers and pulleys, so that he could produce four pieces of cloth at one time. This man also made his own “Cello” which he played at Chapel on Sundays – so that a good many houses were both Workshops and Music shops.

cite as

Moses Heap, My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories. In Rossendale Collection, Rawtenstall Public Libraries, 1961, number RC 942 ROS, p. 52–53. accessed: 9 December, 2023

location of experience: Rossendale, Lancashire


an unidentified man
handloom weaver

Listening to

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singing to accompany weaving performed by weavers

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1840 and 1860
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 15 Jul 2022 11:05:50 +0100
Approved on Thu, 21 Jul 2022 11:43:09 +0100