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Honiton Lace

Honiton (pronounced “Hun-i-ton”) is a market town nestled in the Otter Valley in East Devon. Wool manufacture flourished in the area in the reign of Henry VII, and Honiton was reputedly the first town in which serges were made, but the industry declined during the...

The Tailor of Barlick

For my childhood holidays we stayed with my grandparents in Nelson, Lancashire, in their ‘two up two down’ terraced house every summer. Grandad, Albert Bannister, had been a weaver, as had his father Sam (1872-1950), grandfather Henry (1844-1888) and great...

Imprisoned Tailor

My great x2 grandfather, Charles Newey, was a master tailor of Exton, Rutland. Charles was born in 1814 in Ghazipur, India, where his father was a quartermaster sergeant in the 17th Foot Leicestershire Regiment. When his father retired in 1819, after twenty six years...

Linen Collar Cutters

The research I have done on my family over the past three years has yielded lots of new imformation that has made me go ‘wow’! But I have known for over twenty years that my great grandfather (George John James Holding b 1876) was a linen collar cutter. His son – my...

The Treasure Basket

February 2009The Textile Industry Hand Loom Weavers Concrete and Old Lace Ribbon Weaving The Tailor of Barlick Aprons Honiton Lace Imprisoned Tailor Linen Collar Cutters The Treasure Basket I can remember when I was about eight or nine and everything was bigger than...