Workers at Wellington Mills, Elland, West Yorkshire

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 slivers were combined on a doubling frame, which is the machine that most of these women are working on.


West Yorkshire Elland


1930s (1930 - 1938)


mill interior women work textile industry machinery men 1930s (1930 - 1938)