Tag: local history

1842 Children’s Employment Commission visits Middleton

In the 1830’s there was a movement towards social reform, especially towards the employment of children in the burgeoning industry of the early industrial revolution. In 1833 Parliament enacted the Factory Act which prevented the employment of children under nine from working in textile mills. Following this was a campaign

Sixty years since the last Leeds Tram – a commemoration

Introduction During the nineteenth century towns and cities developed with public transport systems operated by private individuals and companies. Early buses didn’t have rubber tyres and horses provided the motive power. Trams with steel wheels running on steel rails gave a better ride. On 16 September 1871 horses pulled the