This photograph of an early loom was taken at United Wire Works
in 1992. This was probably a 'free fall' loom. i.e.
driven by gravity rather than by electric motor. This loom is
now no longer used by United Wire Works.
Today (in 2008) United Wire Works
has 27 looms, all driven by electric motors.
I was told when I visited the company in 1991 that the older
looms, dating back to the 1920s were solid but could be slow, and
that one of the looms was still working on a job that began in 1989!
The fine textured weaves could have up to 300 strands per inch