Exhibition | Cathedral of Cloth: Ebley Mill

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on February 6, 2018

The long range of Ebley Mill was begun in 1818; in 1862, G. F. Bodley added the wing at the end.

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While this is predominantly a nineteenth-century exhibition, Stroud is certainly replete with eighteenth-century significance. From the Museum in the Park:

Cathedral of Cloth: Life and Times at Ebley Mill
Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire, 3 February — 4 March 2018

In 2018 Ebley Mill celebrates the building of the Long Block at Ebley 200 years ago. The story of the Mill reaches back to the early 1400s. It was owned by a fashionable man about town before Samuel Marling made it into the powerhouse of the Stroud Valleys. The finest cloth for Victorian gentlemen was made there, but also materials for 1960s dolly birds and racing car drivers. This fascinating exhibition reveals the stories of the famous people and the ordinary workers connected to the Mill and includes many rarely seen items.

Presented by Stroudwater Textile Trust in partnership with the Museum in the Park.

Unidentified artist, View of Wallbridge, Stroud in Gloucestershire, ca. 1790 (Stroud: Museum in the Park). The painting shows “Stroud at a time when spinners and weavers worked at home in their cottages. These were the days before large machinery was housed in huge mills such as Ebley Mill” (from the Museum in the Park’s website).
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