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Mills, Factories and Industry

From the 16th to 19th centuries the West Country woollen cloth trade had a major impact on the village. The corn mills were initially extended to include fulling stocks. Then, as new technology developed, they were enlarged, or new ones built, to accommodate spinning, weaving and dyeing machinery. In some cases they ended up as large 4-storey steam-powered factories with many employees. Most of these buildings have now disappeared, but some of the houses built by the prosperous owners of these mills remain.

There is also evidence of a small clay-pipe making industry in the village in the 17th and 18th centuries.

9 February 2023
Last Updated
2 August 2023