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Old January 26th, 2011, 06:50 AM   #1
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I have become more and more aware that in england our cotton history that played such a big part in englands history is disapearing both the buildings and the history of the people that worked there. Does anyone else feel that these great buildings and this part of our english history is dieing.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 07:03 AM   #2

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Similar things happened in this country as well. My grandfather (he grew cotton on his farm) was actually paid by the government not to farm. Seems odd to me. I forget the term for this kind of subsidy. But when I drive around that part of East Texas, you see lots of old cotton gins, farms, etc. just rotting. Did this happen in the UK as well?
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Old January 26th, 2011, 07:07 AM   #3

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I have become more and more aware that in england our cotton history that played such a big part in englands history is disapearing both the buildings and the history of the people that worked there. Does anyone else feel that these great buildings and this part of our english history is dieing.
I think you are probably about 20-30 years too late. Like Fred Dibnah all turned to dust.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 07:08 AM   #4
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The problem that we had here was that the mills were not making anough money so they have just been left, some were used as storage but most of them now have either been knocked down or are just left empty. It is such a shame as these building have some great character to them. Do you have any pictures of these old cotton farms or a picture of your grandfather on the cotton farm i would love to put it on my website.
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That is the shame too im just trying to save what history is left and like you say that is not much
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Old January 26th, 2011, 07:10 AM   #6

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The problem that we had here was that the mills were not making anough money so they have just been left, some were used as storage but most of them now have either been knocked down or are just left empty. It is such a shame as these building have some great character to them. Do you have any pictures of these old cotton farms or a picture of your grandfather on the cotton farm i would love to put it on my website.
I don't but my sister might; she's researching the family history.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 07:13 AM   #7
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If you do find she has any please pm me. I would love to include a picture of where the cotton came from. Im trying to save as much of this dieing history as possible. How can something that was globaly so big just seam to have disopeared and now if you talk to any children around here non of them really know anything about it. Shocking really.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 07:15 AM   #8

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Okay. I'll see if she has anything.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 07:17 AM   #9
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Thanks, I need as much help as i can get at the moment.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 08:36 AM   #10

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Cromford Mill in Derbyshire, which was the world's first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill, is still standing and houses an museum dedicated to Richard Arkwright and the industrial revolution.

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