Trades & Industry

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Of course, tradesmen were needed to serve the local community. From the time of the abbey, bakers, potters, wheelwrights, blacksmith and tanners were needed, as well as builders and roofers to lay the distinctive Cotswold slates.

 

When Winchcombe's fortunes declined, the resilient residents tried to scrape a living with cottage industries such as making gloves, baskets or straw hats, and women and children were employed in the silk mill in the 19th Century.

 

In the 18th Century, manufacturers realised that the ready supply of water would be ideal for paper-making, an industry that is still carried on today by Hollingsworth and Vose at Postlip.

 

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In the 19th Century, women supplemented the family income by making gloves using a gloving donkey.

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Reg Launchbury, the roundsman, with Tom, in 1930.

Joe Workman and Les Butler at the Town Flour Mill and Bakery.

The building which now houses the chemist's shop, taken around 1890 when it was Major's butcher's shop. The front display is actually in the road.