David Ramshaw – Uncovering Carlisle’s Textile Revolution

David Ramshaw, local historian and author, presented a fascinating talk on the history of Carlisle’s Textile Revolution to an enthusiastic audience of members and guests of the Carlisle and District Civic Trust on Tuesday 15TH October.

He explained how the construction of the Carlisle Canal in 1823 kick started so much of the city’s textile industry by conveying bulk coal and cotton.  Rapid growth followed.  Dixons Mill was acknowledged as the largest spinning mill in England when it opened in 1836.

Carlisle’s textile industry employed many of the city’s inhabitants in its heyday.  Whilst much of the city’s proud textile heritage may now be forgotten, it is reassuring to know that the city still supports three very high quality textile businesses.