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date: 15 October 2019

domestic economy 

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History
David HeyDavid Hey

The term is used to describe the system of manufacture which was in widespread use before the factory system was developed in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The place of work was the home, and much manufacture was combined with farming. Each member of the family had particular tasks. The term is applied particularly to the textile industries which were carried on in rural areas. The system was abandoned only gradually; for example, handloom ... ...

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