Teazel House

Trowbridge was for centuries a major centre for the wool trade.I think its last weaving factory closed about 1980, and many former mills have been converted to other uses, with one being engulfed into the shopping centre as part of the local history museum. But when I was told about this one, called Handle House,  I found it hard to believe. It’s made of perforated brickwork to store and dry huge quantities of teazels that were used to raise the nap on the woven cloth which was then shorn by the highly skilled shearsmen to produce the finished cloth.

It dates from about 1844 and is believed to be he last of its kind in the country. I love it!

teazel-ho

This is what a teazel looks like, they are often placed on chairs to stop visitors sitting on them in art galleries etc.

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