Stream and Steam

Audio interviews - Hilda Elsworth

Wonder what it was like to work in a cotton mill? Listen to Hilda - a weaver at Bancroft Shed - as she talks about her time at Bancroft Mill amongst other things. Just click on the play buttons.

Working in the mill

Looking for work. (2min 29sec)

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Getting a job at the mill and learning to weave. (1min)

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Hilda describes her first day in the mill (30sec)

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Dinnertime at the mill and the 'donkey-hooter'. (1min 7sec)

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How mice lived in the thick cotton dust under the loom in the weaving shed. (1min 12sec)

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Accidents in the weaving shed involving shuttles and parts of the loom mechanism. (2mins 28sec)

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Kissing the shuttle. (47sec)

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Lip-reading in the weaving shed. (1min 10sec)

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Employment in the cotton industry during the Second World War. (2mins 18sec)

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'Trimming up' in the weaving shed. (57sec)

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Wakes Week holidays. (52sec)

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Hilda's thoughts on the closure of Bancroft Mill and the end of a way of life, a poem entitled "Requiem for a closed mill". (1min 18sec)

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Life in Barnoldswick

Describes her terraced house home. (1min 20sec)

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Forty Steps footpath. (42sec)

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Recalls Walmsgate and shops. (1min 31sec)

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The model lodging house on Butts and the people that stayed there. (49sec)

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Recalls the Whitsuntide Procession from the 'New Ship' in Barnoldswick. (3mins 9sec)

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The 'New Ship' - celebration at Whitsuntide. (1min 18sec)

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