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  The Spinning Mule
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The Spinning Mule.
Invented by Samuel Crompton in 1775 it combined features of the existing Spinning Jenny and Water Frame and had the advantage that large scale versions of it could be produced an be driven by steam engines.
Crompton was too poor to take out a patent on his invention but used to charge manufacturers a fee to see his machine before they produced a copy of it. Soon his machines were in widespread use but he made very little money from it. He eventually died in poverty.
Neither myself nor even the museum guy could figure out how the machine worked, either from this part of the machine or from the miniature model that is also on display in the Hall.

Directions: A good and simple website explaining the various competing spinning machines of the early industrial era is here:

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  • Updated May 21, 2003
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