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The weir (known as Rectory Weir) Conditions were poor; the mill employed child labour bought from workhouses in Birmingham and London.
Children were boarded on an upper floor of the building, and bound until they reached the age of 21.
The report also prompted Peel to introduce an Act of Parliament to improve factory hygiene, which later became the Factory Act of 1802.
The underlying coal measures throughout the parish were a valuable source of fuel.
Thomas Pilkington was at this time lord of many estates in Lancashire.
Historically a part of Lancashire, evidence of Mesolithic, Roman and Norman activity has been found in Radcliffe and its surroundings.
A Roman road passes through the area, along the border between Radcliffe and Bury.
With a weir and goit providing motive power for a water wheel, the factory was built for throstle spinning and the weaving of cotton—a relatively new introduction to Britain.
The water wheel proved to be insufficient, and so around 1804 the goit was extended.
The manor of Radcliffe appears to have been included in her share, and thereafter was included in the Wilton estates.