Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 149,709 pages of information and 235,473 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Thomas Cotchett

From Graces Guide

Thomas Cotchett, an attorney and owner of a silk-throwing mill

1677 Baptised

1702 Thomas Cotchett set up a mill at Derby for twisting silk using water power (up to that time silk twisting had been done by hand in Britain although such mills had been in use in Italy since 1272). The water wheel, 13.5 feet in diameter, was built by local engineer George Sorocold. It was used to drive machinery probably of Dutch origin. The silk thread would probably have been used to make organzine.

1713 Cotchett's enterprise soon failed. The site was later used by Thomas and John Lombe who installed silk-throwing machinery based on that in use in Italy.

Died in or after 1713

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Sources of Information

  • Biographical Dictionary of the History of Technology [1]
  • Biography of Thomas Cotchett, ODNB