the center of
The Lees or Lee name
has been associated with the trade of lace making for many years. Its origins
are in the Lace Market area of the city that hasn't been ruined as yet by
developers. Many of the people employed in the trade came from areas of
the city such as Radford and Lenton. The mill owners came from better off
parts of the city such as
Alfred Lees and his wife Henrietta Saywell lived right in the heart of
In 1589 William Lee in
a village just outside
This photograph is a sample of some of the machines that came into play in the late 1800s and early1900s lace and embroidery factory in
The Hosiery and Lace Manufactures
These are the two staple trades of
The Nottingham Lace Curtain machine is known all over the world. It was invented in 1846 by John Livesey. Modern developments have made it possible to produce a wide variety of fabrics on this machine including bedspreads, table covers, shawls and stoles as well as curtains and furnishings.
John Leavers, a Nottinghamshire framesmith, invented the machine in 1813. They are still in use today.
A modern Leavers machine has more than 40000 moving parts, which twist the thousands of individual threads to produce lace similar in construction to that made by the pillow lace workers of the past. These machines weigh approx. 15 tons and measure about 40 feet in length and produce the most delicate lace imaginable. It is truly the "Aristocrat of Textiles" it is Nottingham Lace.
Clyde Works was owned by Alfred Lees
and his partner by the last name of
Spowage. During that time apparently is was most likely the biggest lace
factory in the area, at 5 stories high and a block square. The lace was
world famous. When Geoff was over there at the end of WWII it was still in
operation, but I'm unsure for how much longer it was running or who owned
it. Rosemary Pott or Ann Barlow may have a better understanding of dates.
Clyde Works photos and above write-up by Brooke Lees
The great Market Place where the lace would have been on display for buyers.
OTHER VIEWS that the Lees would have been very familiar with at the turn of the century 1900
Suspension Bridge across the river
Go back to Alfred Lees and Henrietta Saywell
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