Occupations – 1813 to 1831 in Sileby, Leicestershire, England.
Far from being a backwater village based on centuries of old traditions and working practices, Sileby was a forward looking, innovative and changing place. Over half the working population was engaged in a manufacturing trade, albeit on a very small scale. Nevertheless, the transformation from an agricultural to semi industrial village was well underway. Agriculture still had a quarter of the working population toiling within it, but the tide had turned with regard to occupational structure.
Sileby was quickly developing the skilled workforce that hosiery and footwear factories would be able to draw on later in the century. These were changes that would remodel the village morphology and change the nature of the whole community forever.
All information was found in the magazine ‘Bygone Sileby’.