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Good Morning Everyone,

I have been sharing information about Forge Mill Needle Museum and though the building has great, historical interest, I thought you might be interested in the interior too, for that is where the people worked.

My photograph captures just a part of the dark, dangerous interior. Please click on Danger in the Mill to see the photograph much clearer and more dramatic.

The working day began at six in the morning and finished at seven at night Monday to Saturday. Half an hour was allowed for breakfast and tea, with one hour for dinner.
Holidays were ten full days and seven half days each year.

Women and children were employed (some as young as four), because they were paid less and were easier to dismiss.

Needle pointing was the most dangerous activity and was undertaken by skilled men. The pointer would hold between 50 and 100 needles between the palms of his hands and hold them against the pointing stone, revolving at 2,00 revs per minute. Both ends were pointed in less than 30 seconds so 10,000 needles per hour were pointed. BUT - though the best paid job, it was the most dangerous, bits of metal could fly off and blind the worker or the pointing stone could shatter causing terrible, sometimes fatal accidents. Also, the stone and metal dust was ever present and caused terrible lungs problems. No pointers lived beyond the age of 35!
(This is just a short synopsis of one of the jobs in the mill)

I will add two further photographs, one showing a lady at work here and another here showing the products that were produced.

I hope that I have not bored you with these details of the mill. I just found them so interesting, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8679 W: 353 N: 20131] (79582)
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