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However, the resulting agreement, part of an ongoing process which went back at least to 1809, depended on the ability of the framework knitters to persuade the rest of the hosiers both to pay this newly agreed price and to discontinue the manufacture of cut-ups. Every time in the past, agreements had been made null and void by a minority of hosiers who would not abide by the agreed terms. When in tum the 1811 agreement was flouted, the framework knitters in the villages to the immediate northwest of Nottingham decided to take direct action against the recalcitrant hosiers.

Fear of the violent response of their workers meant that gig mills and shearing frames began to be introduced in numbers only from 1816, flying shuttles from about the same time, while loomshops remained few even in 1830. Violence could not entirely stem the march of mechanisation but it provided many of the textile trades with a reprieve they would otherwise not have enjoyed. Paradoxically, however, the delay which gave these trades a prolonged life probably severely damaged the region's competitive position in the industry as a whole.

1 Luddite disturbances in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Sources: M. I. Thomis, The Luddites (Newton Abbot, 1970); F. O. Darvall, Popular Disturbances and Public Order in Regency England (London, 1934) chapters 4-6; W. Felkin, A History of the Machine-wrought Hosiery and Lace Manufacturers Cambridge, 1867); J. L. and B. Hammond, The Skilled Labourer (London, 1919). 36 of Nottingham which was the main focus of the attacks. Two features characterised this phase. First, as before the pattern was one of an oscillation of frame breaking and then a respite to give recalcitrant hosiers an opportunity to come into line.

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