Richard Arkwright blue plaque in Preston

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Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792) lived here in 1768 while he developed his cotton spinning machine

Sir Richard Arkwright (23 December 1732 – 3 August 1792) was a self-made man and a leading entrepreneur during the early Industrial Revolution. Although the patents were eventually overturned, he is credited with inventing the spinning frame, which, following the transition to water power was renamed the water frame. He also patented a rotary carding engine that transformed raw cotton into cotton lap.Arkwright's achievement was to combine power, machinery, semi-skilled labour and the new raw material (cotton) to create mass-produced yarn. His skills of organisation made him, more than anyone else, the creator of the modern factory system, especially in his mill at Cromford. Later in his life Arkwright was known as 'the Father of the Industrial Revolution'.

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