The first textile manufacturers in Britain were farmers who made textile of wool. These areas could be found mostly in the Midlands. There was another positive side of this new manufacture: it provided jobs and more people could work. The most significant city of the textile industry was Norwich. Later, the export of goods made of wool was growing and it peaked in the 18th century. During the Industrial Revolution, British textile manufacturing boosted the metal industry as well and Britain became one of the main players in global trade.

The cotton industry also started growing, whose centre was in Lancashire – however, it was not as substantial as the wool industry. Inside the country, goods were sold by clothes sellers who went around the country by their horses.

In the 18th century, silk became another important material and it was becoming also popular besides wool and cotton. These materials were the base of the upcoming textile factories.

VOCABULARY

significant – jelentős

peak – kicsúcsosodik

boost – felerősít

substantial – jelentős

upcoming – elkövetkező

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