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Soho Factory of Manchester
It was not only textile manufacture that thrived in Manchester, but, by the mid-nineteenth century, thanks largely to engineers like William Fairbairn and industrialists like Joseph Whitworth that the city became a manufacturer and supplier of mill machinery, spindles and other goods to the surrounding towns to fuel their burgeoning textiles industries. The Soho Factory had many specialist manufactures within its 100 yard frontage, including machinery makers, spindle makers and calico printing machinery makers. They also supplied goods and parts for the dyeing, bleaching and growing local chemical industries.
 Manchester 2002