By Mr Rex Pope, Rex Pope
This Atlas covers British heritage from the mid-eighteenth century to the current. issues contain demography, agriculture, shipping, exchange, labour events, faith, schooling, future health and housing.
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By 1982, B P Chemicals was, in terms of turnover, the third largest firm in the British chemical industries (after ICI and Courtaulds). Shell 43 Chemicals and Esso Chemicals were also among the g iants of org anic chemical production. g. 21). 23). 24), availability of a labour force and proximity to other elements of the company’s production processes (at Billingham) were probably more significant. 22). N. von Tunzelmann, Steam Power and British Industrialisation (Oxford, 1978), p. 149. Ponting, The British Wool Textile Industry, 1770–1914 (London, 1982).
A substantial proportion of the remaining operatives were to be found, moreover, in adjoining areas of the West Riding and Cheshire. 3). Initially, the introduction of the powerloom had encouraged the unification of weaving and spinning. In the early 1840s, some 58 per cent of Lancashire cotton mill operatives worked in establishments engaged in both spinning and weaving, 37 per cent were employed in mills solely devoted to spinning (mostly south of Rochdale) and the remainder were in weavingonly mills (mostly north of Rochdale).
None the less, there was a shake-out of equipment and labour. Between 1919 and 1939 the industries lost 10 per cent of their spindles and 31 per cent of their looms, while between 1912 and 1937 their labour force fell by 11 per cent. In the same period, by contrast, the cotton labour force fell by 42 per cent. During and after the Second World War, the wool textile industries continued to fare rather b etter than cotton. Imports, while making up 56 per cent of home consumption of woollen and worsted cloth by 1985, never equalled exports.
Atlas of British Social and Economic History Since C. 1700 by Mr Rex Pope, Rex Pope