In 1806 two boy apprentices, Thomas and Joseph, ran away from the cotton mill owned by Samuel Greg in Styal, Cheshire. They somehow made their way, on foot, to London which is about 200 miles from Quarry Bank Mill. Eventually they were caught and appeared in Middlesex Assizes courtroom where they each made a statement, the record of which is still used today during school and adult tours of the cotton mill. The tale of their journey is related in book 1, The Quarry Bank Runaways.
The next phase in their story appears in book 2, Mules; Masters & Mud and this relates the next 30 years of their lives. This includes events that happened around the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, and also the obstacles that stood in the way of each young man when they tried to move out of the cotton 'sweat shops' of the Industrial Revolution and into a different way of working. Tommy and Joe find true love and happiness and go on to have children of their own.
Book 3, The Mule Spinners' Daughters, is now available and tells the story of Sally and Catherine, young women with independent minds of their own. They are troubled by men that they meet who wish to be suitors, and who may have the domineering attitudes that seemed to be common amongst males during Victorian Britain. There is an additional complication of religious beliefs, through a group known as the Christian Israelites, that threatens to cause a split between families and even lovers. Can love resolve all their problems?
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