"Shoddy" Work

Submitted by norma on Thu, 08/11/2011 - 12:43

Originally submitted by norma on Wed, 05/18/2011 - 21:33

None of us want to be accused of making shoddy articles but did you know that ‘shoddy’ is a perfectly legitimate product? Made from about 1830 on, shoddy is made from a mixture of new wool and refuse woollen rags.

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Submitted by RachelT on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 17:38.
When I moved to Huddersfield I discovered that nearby Dewsbury was the centre of the Mungo & Shoddy industries. Shoddy was manufactured from used rags which were shredded and mixed with new fibre before being respun. It was woven into cloth for blankets and uniforms. Mungo was made from new rag offcuts from the tailoring industry and produced a finer cloth.

There's a building next to Dewsbury ringroad (or was about ten years ago) which had the company name painted on it's side & "Manufacturers of mungo & shoddy".