Wellington Mills, Elland, West Yorkshire
This picture from Wellington Mills shows women operating machines while men work as mechanics. The machines to the right of this picture are carding machines. These used spiked drums in which the cotton was rotated. This process aligned the fibres, which were then placed in buckets as lengths or 'slivers'. The women in the foreground are mainly working on doubling frames where the slivers were combined to make threads.