Banning Mill
Third Floor, Spinning

Spinning was part of the yarn making process and at Banning, took place on the third floor. Spinning jobs were often given to young children, especially females. Children were employed to walk up and down the aisles, between the spinning frames, and brush lint off the machinery while watching for breaks in the threads. When a break was spotted, spinners had to quickly mend it by tying the ends back together. This required placing tiny fingers in between the roving bobbins mounted on the spinning frame. Often forgoing shoes in favor of agility, young workers would climb on top of the spinning frames to fix breaks. Spinners were on their feet constantly, sometimes working up to twelve hour shifts. Early photographs of Banning and census data show a large majority of young girls employed between 1885 and the late 1920s. In 1910, females between the age of 10 and 16 worked at the factory as spinners.

The pictures above were taken in 2002 for the National Register before restoration work began. In the left foreground of the photograph above, one can make out aisles possibly created by rows of spinning frames.