17.7. The Textile Districts were not very large

Thus they did not impact the average growth of the country.

In 1770, the number of families of agricultural labourers was 745,000, and of non-agricultural workers was 844,000; the cotton workers were 75,000, while solely the building artisans (carpenters, joiners, painters, bricklayers, stonemasons) were 118,000.

In 1830, the cotton workers were 302,000 families (of which the domestic hand-loom weavers with low wages were the majority), and the building artisans were the majority. 

So the considerable increase in the wages of the cotton mill workers did not make a large change in the average wages in the country.

Further, the Industrial Revolution did not reach large parts of the country, neither did it affect processes in the domestic industries, before 1830. 

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