The Factory Act of 1819

Today I learned about The 1819 Cotton Mills and Factories Act which improved conditions for industrial age factory workers.

One of the provisions:

Children aged 916 years were limited to 16 hours’ work per day

Wow. Just… wow.

2 thoughts on “The Factory Act of 1819”

  1. actually children ages 9-16 were limited to 12 hours a day, and no children under the age of 9 could be employed. How awful did things have to be that they actually had to create a law about this? And unfortunately it only applied to cotton industry – it would take quite some time before other industries did the same!

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