Richard Arkwright was born on 23 December 1732 in Preston, Lancashire into a family of humble circumstances. His father, Thomas, was a tailor in Preston. Yet Richard died a very wealthy man and his children married into the landed gentry. Richard's factory methods did more to change history than any statesman.
Richard Arkwright became rich and famous because of his implementation of his 'water frame', a water-driven cotton mill  , as well as many other innovations.
The Arkwright Society was founded in 1972 after the festival celebrating the bicentennial of the 'world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill' in 1771. The Society purchased the near derelict Cromford Mills Site in 1979 and now runs the site as a visitor attraction, with educational facilities, events, shops, two restaurants and workspaces for small businesses. 2016 saw the much awaited opening of the Visitor Gateway & Arkwright Experience..
Thanks to Dawn Orcutt for starting this profile.
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On 26 Mar 2017 at 03:15 GMT Shirlea Smith wrote:
more info on his family is available at http://www.belper-research.com/people/arkwright/arkwright_family.html
On 26 Mar 2017 at 03:09 GMT Shirlea Smith wrote:
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