He invented the loom for the weaving of wire-cloth.
His first volume of poems, The Loom of Years, appeared in 1902, and his Collected Poems in 1910.
By far the majority of Lancashire manufacturers sell their goods as they come from the loom, or, as it is called, in the "grey state," but an increasing number now cultivate the trade in finished goods.
The demand for cloths which require careful handling and regularity in weaving has helped to develop the supply of ring yarns which will stand the strain of the loom better than mule twists.
The power loom, owing to the improvement in its mechanism, has gained a distinct precedence and materially increased its producing power.