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Monday 04 February 2019, 13:30
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. 
He began by pointing to the reasons why the area of West Wiltshire (Trowbridge, Westbury & Bradford on Avon)

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.
He showed a warp weighed loom which was superseded by the horizontal loom in the twelfth century. 

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.
By the mid-eighteenth century Georgian money-saving inventions brought a period of industrial unrest. 

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.  
In 1860 the wool industry was at its peak.  During wartime military cloth was produced, but the industry

lost out eventually to Scotland, Yorkshire and the continent ending locally in 1982.

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