MARLBOROUGH & DISTRICT EMBROIDERERS GUILD
Monday, 4 February 2019 at the Kennet Valley Hall, Lockeridge
CERTAINE WYTCHES - FEAR, MYTH & MAGIC
a talk by Anne Jackson
David Birks from Trowbridge Museum started the New Year off with his talk 1000 years of Warp and Weft.
was so important to the wool trade:
it had downland for sheep, rivers to wash wool and later to power machinery,
and a good supply of Fullers Earth clay - important in the finishing of woollen cloth.
By the mid fifteenth century it became a regional trade with a wool mark of quality issued by an Aulnager
and clothiers responsible for the complete process from raw wool to cloth.
In the seventeenth century cloth workers from the continent brought new techniques and equipment.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century clothiers built mills and factories and the Kennet & Avon Canal
was constructed to enable coal to be brought economically from Somerset.
lost out eventually to Scotland, Yorkshire and the continent ending locally in 1982.