Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society

Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society, Online talk by zoom

21 Jun 2021

Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society

Description

The limestone hills around Stroud provide a perfect pasture for sheep and an ideal building material; the clay beneath create the springs and fast running streams that can turn waterwheels. Before the Industrial Revolution spinners and weavers worked in the cottages, supplied with wool or yarn by the clothier to whom the woven cloth would be returned for dyeing and finishing. The Stroudwater area became famous for its dyeing; especially the scarlet that was used for military uniforms. Cochineal from South America was expensive but gave the brightest red dye. Indigo would be used for blues, so that naval officers chose Stroudwater broadcloth. Exports went all round the world. Innovations in machinery expanded the mills. Steam engines supplemented water power with coal being transported along the canal. At the height of its prosperity the Stroud area had over a hundred mills but it could not sustain them all and mergers and bankruptcies became common. Many ex-mill workers emigrated. Today Stroud cloth still goes round the world, but you will see it on tennis balls and snooker tables and less visibly in industrial felts. The crafts of spinning, dyeing and weaving survive as contemporary artists pass on their skills.

Prices & Tickets  
Participation in zoom talks is free for SIAS members. Non-members are welcome to join online meetings, for which a £3 fee per talk is payable. Full details of talks and membership may be found on the SIAS website www.sias.me.uk


Opening Hours

Monday 21st June 2021
7.30pm 

Pricing

Participation in zoom talks is free for SIAS members. Non-members are welcome to join online meetings, for which a £3 fee per talk is payable. Full details of talks and membership may be found on the SIAS website www.sias.me.uk


 

Contact

Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society
Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society
Online talk by zoom
Somerset
United Kingdom


T: 07736 374003

E: peter.daniel51@btinternet.com

W: sias.me.uk



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