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Textile Mills of South West England

Author/EditorWilliams M (Author)
Publisher: Historic England
ISBN: 9781848020832
Pub Date15/08/2013
BindingHardback
Pages256
Dimensions (mm)276(h) * 219(w)
This book provides a wide-reaching analysis of historical context, an account of the origins and development of each of the industries, an interpretation of the distinctive features of the buildings, a clarification of the historical importance of South West textile mills and clear statements on the benefits of their conservation.
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The textile industry has been one of the most prolonged and widespread influences on the development of historic buildings in the South West. The regional industry pre-dated the classic period of the Industrial Revolution by several centuries, resulting in distinctive types of vernacular buildings, industrial buildings, townscapes and landscapes, all contrasting with those in other areas.

This book provides a wide-reaching analysis of historical context, an account of the origins and development of each of the industries, an interpretation of the distinctive features of the buildings, a clarification of the historical importance of South West textile mills and clear statements on the benefits of their conservation.

A range of topics is introduced to enable the reader to appreciate the national significance of the region's textile industries, including a general introduction to textile processes and the historical importance of the factory system, together with an initial overview of the main industries. The core of the book deals with the industries in detail, each chapter providing historical context followed by an account of the distinctive features of the buildings based on descriptions of representative examples. The final chapter emphasises the tradition of re-use and conversion in the South West textile industries, encourages the continued adaptation and conservation of both mills and related townscapes, and concludes with new statements on national significance and comparisons with other regions.

The textile industry has been one of the most prolonged and widespread influences on the development of historic buildings in the South West. The regional industry pre-dated the classic period of the Industrial Revolution by several centuries, resulting in distinctive types of vernacular buildings, industrial buildings, townscapes and landscapes, all contrasting with those in other areas.

This book provides a wide-reaching analysis of historical context, an account of the origins and development of each of the industries, an interpretation of the distinctive features of the buildings, a clarification of the historical importance of South West textile mills and clear statements on the benefits of their conservation.

A range of topics is introduced to enable the reader to appreciate the national significance of the region's textile industries, including a general introduction to textile processes and the historical importance of the factory system, together with an initial overview of the main industries. The core of the book deals with the industries in detail, each chapter providing historical context followed by an account of the distinctive features of the buildings based on descriptions of representative examples. The final chapter emphasises the tradition of re-use and conversion in the South West textile industries, encourages the continued adaptation and conservation of both mills and related townscapes, and concludes with new statements on national significance and comparisons with other regions.

Author and Investigator at Historic England.

Acknowledgements Foreword 1. Introduction 2. The Gloucestershire Woollen Industry 3. The Wiltshire and Somerset Woollen Industry 4. The Serge Industry of Devon, Somerset and Cornwall 5. The Flax and Hemp Industry 6. The Silk Industry 7. The Lace, Hosiery and Cotton Industries 8. The Legacy of the South West Textile Industry A Selection of Historic Textile Industry Sites Glossary of Textile Terms Notes List of References

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