Textiles - domestic


Male Female


Name (age), address

Shoe and boot mender 1 0 1

Samuel Mayed (60), High Street 

Shoe and boot maker 1 0 1

John Sturman (67), Rockingham Road 

Shirtmaker 0 1 1

Eleanor Ingram (64), Corby Road 

Dressmaker/Tailor 0 3 3

Jessie Ingham (65) and children Francis (41), Kate (26) and Frances (22), High Street

Annie Sturman (26), Rockingham Road 

Tailor 2 0 2

Thomas Gaxford (63), Church Street

Tailor and hairdresser 1 0 1

Elijah Cooper (66), Dag Lane



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It's not known for sure what type of tailoring the women in Cottingham were involved in at the turn of the Century. However, in the early 1800s, dressmakers and tailors mainly produced made-to-order clothes.  By the 1830s and 40s, the growing middle class had created a new demand for cheap ready-made men's clothing. To serve this growing market, women worked at home sewing ready-made clothing (also called "slop" or "slop-work") for very low piece-rates. The women who sewed slop could be young, but they were sometimes older and widowed with children and other relatives to support. Source: The Victorian Web


Shoemaking became a widespread occupation in Rockingham Forest villages during the mid 1700s. Despite competition from the industrial shoemaking operations in Kettering, which built up from 1776, many village shoemakers managed to survive and thrive, mainly by repairing boots and shoes.

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