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padgett Folklore: Weaving music (20) RE: Folklore: Weaving music 16 Dec 04

Believe it or not Linen Weaving was initially performed as a cottage industry in Barnsley around 1850
the house were built to allow looms in the cellars, with steps to the front room

Poor old weavers daughter has a line:

"Now my father he is old and nearly blind and he's scarcely (nearly) past his labours
It would break his heart for me to part for he's been such a good kind father" ~
this I believe is a reference to the fact that eye sight would be lost as as consequence of working in poor light in the winter, in wet and cold conditions to make a living, at the loom
Ray Padgett

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