Arkwright patent trial ownership inscription
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My copy of this anonymous printed transcript bears the inscription of "Sykes and Taylor, Birkacre nearly Chorley." This was a cotton-spinning factory operated on a site owned by Richard Arkwright, or near a site owned by Arkwright, until 1779 when Arkwright's mill at Birkacre was destroyed by Luddite activity. According to the Grace's Guide website the Sykes and Taylor mill, which was water-powered, was sold at auction in 1788.


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