A framework knitting machine in Godalming Museum

Godalming Museum ref 1147


Framework knitting machines were very heavy to operate and the work was normally undertaken by the man in the family, with the other members of the family undertaking lighter work, such as carding and spinning, unless the wool was supplied by an intermediary.

Some buildings in Godalming show the long, south-facing windows that enabled the machines to be operated as long as possible, early morning to late evening.  Some older properties have vertically enlarged upper windows that are said to have been necessary to get the knitting machines into upper rooms.