1841 - Evidence on the employment of
January 4, 1841.MR ASTONS BUTTON MANUFACTORY,
ST PAUL'S SQUARE.
The shops in general are light and airy; one for 6 workpeople
is 18 ft. 9 in. by 9 ft., having one row of windows and a
pitched roof. Another, which is considered as the worst on
the premises, is for 27 people, 17 of whom are children and
10 women; this shop is 24 ft. 5 in. by 13 ft.; it is high
and has a double row of windows. The clerk stated that this
was very hot at night. A cutting-out shop, for
women only, is dark and low; it is for 8 persons, and is 12
ft. by 11 ft. 7 in., and is 7 ft. 3 in. high. The japanning
shop has an unpleasant smell, and is hot from the stoves it
contains. I saw a boy 10 years old at work who was pale
and looked sickly.
There are 3 privies placed in different yards; which are,
however, used in common, although, by proper regulations,
they might easily be kept distinct. The yards are large, and
the premises are altogether open and spacious. Being holiday
time the people were not at work.
Every facility was afforded by the proprietor.