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21 February, 12:20

What was working conditions like in the flax mill factory where Elizabeth worked?

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  1. 21 February, 13:42
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    Elizabeth was interviewed by Michael Sadler and his House of Commons Committee. She told of how working in the card-room had seriously damaged her health: "It was so dusty, the dust got up my lungs, and the work was so hard. I got so bad in health, that when I pulled the baskets down, I pulled my bones out of their places." Bentley explained that she was now "considerably deformed". She went on to say: "I was about thirteen years old when it began coming, and it has got worse since."

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    Elizabeth would work from 5am in the morning until 9pm at night.

    Elizabeth and the other workers couldn't eat until 40 minutes in the moon, if they happen to get caught eating the overlooker would take whatever they were eating and feed it to the pigs.
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