The small village of Fenwick in East Ayrshire, Scotland, has fewer than 1,000 residents today, but had once a thriving community of weavers in the 18th century, when the Fenwick Weavers’ Society was founded in 1761.
It was highly unusual for such lowly workers to form co-operatives of this kind and the Fenwick Weavers’ Society is largely regarded as one of the first of its kind worldwide, although there were of course craftsmen guilds in Germany and the Netherlands that date back to earlier times than the 18th century.
By 1769 the society had created a consumer co-operative that was to benefit its members, in other words they could buy raw products for their trade in bulk and save money. It also enabled them to buy books more cheaply and, as a rare 19th century example of workers advancing their own education, the society eventually founded the Fenwick Library in 1808.
Women and children were chiefly the workers that drove Britain’s textile industry. Small children were easier to control and were therefore popular with employers intent on exploitation for maximum profit. There were no laws to protect the children, who were often asked to work 12-hour shifts in dangerous conditions, once machinery was used to weave fabric. Many fingers, hands and limbs were lost in this dangerous industry and many local people suffered life-changing injuries which meant they could not work again. One particularly notable case involved a 13 year old girl named Martha who lost several fingers in the machinery.
Today a worker losing fingers in an accident at work that was entirely due to employer negligence like this one would have ample grounds to ask for compensation with the help of an accident solicitor in Fenwick.
Where do you find an accident solicitor in Fenwick?
If you have suffered an injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault and that accident happened within the last 3 years, speak to Accident Advice Helpline on our helpline numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Our friendly advisor can allocate your claim to an expert who will fight for your compensation on your behalf. In a small village like Fenwick there may not be a law firm offering no-win, no-fee services and therefore your claim may have to be handled by another specialist based elsewhere in the UK. We can provide the support you need.
Most straightforward cases can actually be dealt with over the telephone, so it is less important to appoint an accident solicitor in Fenwick than to find a specialist who can handle your particular injury claim. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 1st August 2013
Author: Emma Matthews