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Joseph Orford was born in Witham, Essex, in 1763. He became a locksmith, and moved to France, where he started making textile machinery. In 1806 he made a spinning mule with 240 spindles for the cotton mill of Delafontaine & Cie de Lescure. He died in France in 1841