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1702 Thomas Cotchett set up a mill at Derby for twisting silk using water power (up to that time silk twisting had been done by hand in Britain although such mills had been in use in Italy since 1272). The water wheel, 13.5 feet in diameter, was built by local engineer [[George Sorocold]].  It was used to drive machinery probably of Dutch origin.  The silk thread would probably have been used to make organzine.
 
1702 Thomas Cotchett set up a mill at Derby for twisting silk using water power (up to that time silk twisting had been done by hand in Britain although such mills had been in use in Italy since 1272). The water wheel, 13.5 feet in diameter, was built by local engineer [[George Sorocold]].  It was used to drive machinery probably of Dutch origin.  The silk thread would probably have been used to make organzine.
  
Cotchett's enterprise soon failed. The site was later used by [[Thomas Lombe|Thomas]] and [[John Lombe]] who installed silk-throwing machinery based on that in use in Italy.
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1713 Cotchett's enterprise soon failed. The site was later used by [[Thomas Lombe|Thomas]] and [[John Lombe]] who installed silk-throwing machinery based on that in use in Italy.
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Revision as of 14:16, 13 September 2019

1702 Thomas Cotchett set up a mill at Derby for twisting silk using water power (up to that time silk twisting had been done by hand in Britain although such mills had been in use in Italy since 1272). The water wheel, 13.5 feet in diameter, was built by local engineer George Sorocold. It was used to drive machinery probably of Dutch origin. The silk thread would probably have been used to make organzine.

1713 Cotchett's enterprise soon failed. The site was later used by Thomas and John Lombe who installed silk-throwing machinery based on that in use in Italy.


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  • Biographical Dictionary of the History of Technology [1]