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Otley is a market town and civil parish at a bridging point on the River Wharfe in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough in West Yorkshire, England.

The woollen industry developed as a cottage industry but during the Industrial Revolution and the mechanisation of the textile industry, mills were built using water then steam power. A cotton mill and weaving shed for calicoes were built by the river in the late 18th century. Later woolcombing and worsted spinning were introduced. By the mid 19th century 500 inhabitants were employed in two worsted-mills, a paper-mill, and other mills.

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Map of Otley with its 5 textile mills (Textile mill icon).

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I'm trying to trace my fathers past when he worked as a child in a wool mill in Otley in about 1920 or maybe earlier. Do the mills have records of their workers?

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