Overview

James Hargreaves

(1720—1778) inventor of the spinning jenny


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

(1720–78).

Inventor. Hargreaves was a largely self‐taught weaver from Lancashire, who invented the spinning jenny in 1764 and patented it in 1770. Kay's flying‐shuttle had greatly speeded up the process of weaving and Hargreaves's jenny, using several spindles at once, enabled spinning to keep up.

Subjects: British History.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.