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Local studies publications

The following publications are available for purchase from Nottinghamshire Libraries and Archives.

As Poor as a Stockinger - Framework knitting and the Luddites in Nottinghamshire.

As Poor as a Stockinger - Framework knitting and the Luddites in Nottinghamshire.
Christopher Weir

This book highlights the invention of the stocking frame by the Reverend William Lee of Calverton in Nottinghamshire and how it led to the development of the hosiery trade.  It also sets the scene for the first outbreaks of Luddism. 

The operation of the stocking frame was complicated and one page of the book is devoted to the amazing sequence of actions that had to be performed by the frame operator.  It involved both hand and foot movements.  

The book is fully illustrated.  There is a picture of a frame (or stocking machine), a page from a parish baptism register with lots of FWKs (frameworkknitters appearing in the occupation column, an apprenticeship indenture, Luddite reward posters and photographs of the interior of the  Framework Knitters Museum at Ruddington in Nottinghamshire

Published date:
1998; Reprinted with corrections December 2007
Number of pages:
Paperback: 24 pages

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