Arkwright's water frame, 1775.

Arkwright's water frame, c 1775.
Improved spinning machine (water frame), Richard Arkwright, 1775. These spinning machines were driven by water power at Arkwright's Cromford mill, hence the name of Water Frame. This is an improvement on 1860-4, having an arrangement for guiding the yarn evenly over the bobbins. A belt from an external main driving pulley drives eight spindles. Textile machinery such as this item revolutionised manufacturing processes in the cotton industry and elsewhere during the early Industrial Revolution.
 
Currently on display in:
Making the Modern World
Year made :
1775
Inventory number :
1860-5