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    I was always fond of my pillow: the handmade lace industry in the United Kingdom, 1870-1914

    Bourke, Joanna (1994) I was always fond of my pillow: the handmade lace industry in the United Kingdom, 1870-1914. Rural History 5 (2), pp. 155-169. ISSN 0956-7933.

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    Abstract

    The extent of the handmade lace industry in the nineteenth century is difficult to estimate. Most lacemakers were not given an occupation in the census. For instance, Belleek (in county Fermanagh) was one of the centres of handmade lace in Ireland. Of the fifty-one women active in the Belleek lace and sprigging class in January 1911, fifty-six per cent were given no occupation in the 1911 census manuscripts and four per cent were given occupations other than lacemaker. In Ireland, it is clear that the census statistics do not include the tens of thousands of women making lace for the home industries societies examined in this article. The statistics for lacemaking in England, Wales and Scotland (given in table one) are confused by the fact that no distinction is made between hand and machine-made lace.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 13:41
    Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 13:41
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/17655

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