Industrial Developments
The Stockingers History
Early Industrial Workers
Publicans / Victuallers
New Hucknall Colliery
CWS Hosiery Factory
H C Groom Ltd Factory
Bus & Coach Operators
Birchwood Boat Makers

A Hucknall History

Industrial Developments

Indexing Trades and Industry

Identifying earliest recognised professions might have included locally serving clergy or Priest. Appointing Church Wardens to look after their parish buildings from 1127ad. leads to vestry meetings furthermore overseeing everyday congregational concerns. They in turn established local governments. Being designated within those ancient Sutton-in-Ashfield parish boundaries is what closely tied Huthwaite to that larger township. Sharing centuries of slow rural growth came before influential industrial advancements led to this secondary hamlet gaining its own District Council, plus parish, with ambitions towards claiming independent town status.

A Woodward surname could hark back describing role protecting Dirty Hucknall Fulwood Commons. Norman kings had reserved vast areas for the royal pleasures of hunting. Granting those grounds be removed from strict and heavily protected Forest Law to permit common grazing still restricted potential growth, until full c1800 Sutton deforestation enabled Hucknall Huthwaite expansion.

Several farms on poor agriculture lands struggled supporting numbers of parish dependants before a nationwide population boom. Steep meadows had primarily favoured pastoral farming, ensuring there was never a shortage of Huthwaite butchers. Coals dug off exposed seams evidently gave earliest alternative seasonal work for farm labourers. Replacing charcoal to fire kilns and furnaces led to sinking numerous bell pits. Hardy coal miner occupation finally emerged here through revolutionary era of steam power.

Landowners still favoured farmer title after building Yard cottages suitably housing poorer 19th century workers. Homes also saw in mass introduction of hand frame knitting machines. Those wooden machines supported a huge cottage industry. Counting census FWK occupation for the majority of Head operators didn't even readily acknowledge assistance given by all family members. Usage thus greatly supported initial residential expansion of a rural Hucknall Huthwaite hamlet before opening a final modern colliery.

Broadened variety of community shops and common trades adds needle sharpener to blacksmith. Typically including brick makers, cobblers, millers and milliners before plumbing mains gas and water supplies, were all outnumbered by Beer House Publicans. The continuation of more rapid residential expansion into the 20th century came after sinking a New Hucknall Colliery invited biggest single influx of workers. A dangerous industry left proudest miners fiercely defending its national importance. There's no denying company management greatly contributed establishing a prospering mining community, where past pride may have overshadowed broader historic repute built on hosiery manufacturing. Opening a massive CWS factory was seen as a secondary industry inviting youngest women into lesser paid factory work, but it ultimately ensured Huthwaite hosiery continued employing greatest numbers.

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The two major Huthwaite industries were finally closed down before entering the present millennium. A Fulwood industrial estate did favour boat building and engineering before expansion without creating much need for manpower. There was nonetheless yet another housing boom. This time cheaply inviting commuters by covering past industrial sites alongside scenic reforested parks.


05 Nov 07     by Gary Elliott       Updated 22 Mar 23