In the woollen industry's heyday Gloucestershire had over 200 mills, producing cloth which was transported to markets all over the world: to Europe, Hudson's Bay, India; it clothed the British Army and was used for coronations and even the Pope's robes. The author's previous and much-consulted work, Gloucestershire Woollen Mills, has long been out of print, making the time ripe for a fresh appraisal of this fascinating period in history.
Wool & Water traces the origins of the water-powered industry from the late twelfth century to its demise, with two mills remaining in the twentieth century. Themes discussed include the organisation of the `domestic' industry until the mid-eighteenth century; the development of the factory; fluctuations in trade and, finally, competition from Yorkshire.
Containing previously unpublished material and unique illustrations from private collections, plus a comprehensive gazetteer of the county's textile mill sites, Wool & Water is the ideal book for those interested in the industrial heritage of Gloucestershire.
JENNIFER TANN is the former Dean of Education and Director of Research at Birmingham University Business School. She has published 5 books and numerous articles on the history of industry and technology and has written on the subject of contemporary innovation. She currently chairs the Stroudwater Textile Trust and sits on Gloucester Diocese Bishop's Council and has just been elected to the General Synod of the Church of England. Jenny lives in Chalford, Stroud.