Buy Coventry's ribbon trade in the mid-Victorian period: some social and economic responses to industrial development by N Tiratsoo (ISBN:) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible : N Tiratsoo. The treaty lifted import tariffs, allowing Great Britain to cheaply import ribbons from France and beyond, and increasing competition for Coventry’s products. The town was forced to explore additional avenues of trade, and one of them was the woven bookmark. ART Inv. (size S). Coventry was the centre of ribbon production in Britain and ribbon weaving was Coventry's main industry. During this period around half the population of Coventry made a living from ribbon weaving. Ribbon weaving was a precarious trade. When ribbons were in fashion and highly sort after the weaver could do quite : K. Coventry, England – The next largest producer in silk ribbon following the US, according to Cowdin is England. “Then comes England, whose trade in Continental silk fabrics has greatly augmented since the last treaty of commerce with France.”.
Coventry had been involved in the silk trade since the 17th century. Originally silk was woven on hand-looms in people’s houses. There was considerable opposition to mechanisation but eventually factories like this replaced home-working. By the middle of the 19th century, half the working population of Coventry was employed in the silk industry. This thesis is concerned with Coventry from about to , and in particular with the social and political attitudes that characterised it. The dominant industry in the city and the area of Warwickshire to the north was the weaving of silk ribbons. They were usually made in domestic workshops often by family labour; piecework rates by a standard 'list' were the traditional method of payment. - With the decline of the woollen-cloth trade Coventry textile workers naturally turned to the nascent silk-ribbon industry. The city silkweavers of the 18th century were ready to receive new ideas from France and to provide the ribbons which fashion dictated, and for a century, between about and , silk was the dominant industry in the. For anyone interested in the up and downs of the Coventry silk ribbon trade they should also try to get a copy of 'Master & Artisan in Victorian England.' This is the autobiography of Joseph Gutteridge (see above photograph) and compares the life of a skilled artisan, Gutteridge, with that of William Andrews who became a successful businessman.
AbstractThere is surprisingly little in the way of recent historical analysis of the Coventry ribbon weaving trade in the first half of the nineteenth century. Yet by the weaving trade dominated the city's economic structure, employing 5, people from a population of 27, Moreover with the onset of industrialization in the early nineteenth century Coventry's prevailing small units of. The decline of Coventry's Ribbon trade. Coventry in the s & 40s: Deborah Keene: A selection of photographs selected by the author with descriptive comments. Coventry Leet Book Volumes I, II, III & IV: Mary Dormer Harris: Reprint of Leet Transcriptions covering the years to Silken Weave For over years Coventry was the centre of ribbon production in England. Its weavers made huge quantities of beautiful silk ribbons which women wore to decorate their clothes and hair. This book tells the story of the Coventry ribbon industry. It is beautifully illustrated with images from the silk ribbon collection held at The Herbert in Coventry. The Ribbon Weavers of Bedworth and North Warwickshire. A guide for teachers: Bedworth Arts Centre: Searby, Peter: Coventry in Crisis, Ribbon Factory, Free Trade and Strike: Coventry Historical Association: Bailey, J R "The Struggle for Survival in the Coventry Ribbon and Watch Trades, ," Midland History 7 ():