Richard Oastler

(1789—1861) factory reformer

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British social reformer. He began his agitation in 1830 with the support of John Wood, a Bradford manufacturer, who revealed some of the worst abuses of child labour in factories. Oastler, a Tory radical, combined his attack on the factory system with a condemnation of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. He attained some of his objectives with the Ten Hours Act in 1847, which limited daily working hours.

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