Quarry Bank Mill Learning Journey
Follow the Learning Journey steps into the world of The Quarry Bank Mill community, and discover a microcosm of life in the cotton factory system.
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Quarry Bank Mill Learning Journey Step 1: The Mill Owner
In 1766, Samuel was sent to live with his maternal uncles, Robert and Nathaniel Hyde, in Manchester during a period of poor trade, and never returned to the family home. After completing his education in 1778, he entered his uncles' textile merchant-manufacturing business, one of the largest trading firms in the city. Within 4 years, he had risen to the position of partner in the firm when Robert Hyde died, leaving him an inheritance of £10,000. Shortly after, Nathaniel retired and, aged 24 years, Samuel took charge of a prospering business valued at £26,000.
Aware of the technological advances being made in the industry and the problems encountered in trying to ensure a constant supply of yarn for the Hydes' handloom weaving workshops, Samuel decided to invest in his own cotton spinning factory.