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  • Ossett Textile Mills - Rags, Mungo and Shoddy
    Ossett's Textile Mills When you look at any old pictures of Ossett, especially those pictures taken from the outskirts of the town, an enduring feature is the sheer number of smoking mill chimneys that punctuate the skyline
  • Ossett History - 19th Century
    1904 Smallpox Epidemic in Ossett The new Storr's Hill hospital had been rarely used, but during the severe Ossett confluent smallpox epidemic of 1904 (which cost the Ossett ratepayers a one-shilling special rate), its accommodation was so overcrowded that the Corporation acquired Park House, the home of the late Philip Ellis of Victoria Mills, for use as a hospital for convalescent patients
  • Batley - Wikipedia
    During the late 19th century, Batley was the centre of the shoddy and mungo trade in which wool rags and clothes were recycled by reweaving them into blankets, carpets and uniforms In 1861 there were at least 30 shoddy mills in Batley The owners of the recycling businesses were known as the "shoddy barons"




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