|Building Needed||Weaver's Cottage|
|Stream||Textile Industry, Industry|
This machine produces very high quality yarns efficiently, cheaply and in the quantities required for mechanical weaving.
A clever contraption, the spinning mule is a hybrid of two other textile machines, the spinning jenny and the water frame, hence the term "mule". It is a machine that produces thin, strong yard at high speed, that can be used for both wrap and woof on a loom. It is the answer to every mill owner's prayers, giving both the quality and quantity needed to keep up with the demand for thread from powered looms.
The spinning mule was the invention of Samuel Crompton (1753-1827), an inventor from Lancashire in northern England, who was so hard up that he was forced to sell the rights for his invention before he patented it. This did not make him a rich man. Initially used for cotton, the mule was eventually adapted for other yarns such as wool. Crompton did eventually receive a grant from the British Parliament for his work to aid the textile industry: his attempts to run his own business were always less than sparkling.