Spinning wheel

Contributed by National Wool Museum

Invented in the 14th century to spin wool into yarn. The Great Wheel was also known as the Walking Wheel, as it was operated while standing. The treadle wheel was a later invention and allowed the spinner to sit down while working. They were more expensive and most spinners in Wales continued to use the great wheel until the 19th century.

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  • 1. At 22:36 on 3 April 2012, stjw wrote:

    I am no real expert on spinning wheels but I can tell you quite frankly from the small amount I know that the information about the spinning wheel is very inaccurate.

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