A question was raised about this industry recently,  at a Volunteers’ gathering. Alan Clarke has found these photos in our archives…

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The industry was started by Catherine Lovibond (whose family owned Lake House) for women out-workers on the estate.

Women with their spindle wheels outside the Stonehenge Woollen Industry shop in Wilsford-cum-Lake near Amesbury in 1898.

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The Weaving Room

S w industry 2

Alan says he has more on this topic, which is something to look forward to. This mode of production was already outdated, of course, by the late 1800s, but cottage industries (literally production in cottages, usually, but not always, by the women at home) were not unusual.