Slaithwaite Spinning Company, Limited

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The Slaithwaite Spinning Company was a cotton manufacturing firm established circa 1877.

In August 1881, the company successfully tested experimental electric lighting.[1]

The company constructed a new mill in the late 1880s. After the mill's chimney was completed, a steeplejack began removing the scaffolding but was left stranded when the rope he needed for the descent accidentally fell to the ground. A large crowd gathered to watch and were bemused to see the steeplejack take off his socks. A short while later, he had managed to unravel the socks and let down a long thread to which the rope was then attached. He was able to pull the rope back up and then safely made his descent.

Notes and References

  1. Leeds Times (13/Aug/1881).