Foreign News: Pattern in Cotton

At Littleboro, Lancashire, the countryside tells a century of cotton history. There are the old cottages, where women used to hand out woven cloth to merchants on horseback in return for more yarn to weave into more cloth. There is the 100-year-old red brick mill, which Cuthbert Barwick Clegg's grandfather built to replace cottage industry, and where he prospered. (Now a third of its 1,500 prewar workers rattle around in the big weaving rooms among many idle looms.) There is the big grey stone house, built by Grandfather Clegg, now too big for Cuthbert to staff with servants. There are the...

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