London millwrights; Masters and journeymen in the late 18th and early 19th centuries (PDF)


A downloadable version of the A4 book

This study traces the pivotal role of the millwright in the London area during the early industrial revolution when horses, wind and especially water, were the primary power sources. They first came to public notice as a London Society of Journeymen in 1795 on account of a four-month strike at the Old London Bridge waterworks with its huge wheels and millwork driven by the tide under the arches as illustrated in the cover. A few years later, this ‘union’ was the subject of an attempt by their masters to outlaw it, leading to the passage of the infamous Combination Act of 1799, banning all such clubs

  • Author(s): Moher, James G
  • Publisher: The Mills Archive Trust
  • Publication year: 2018