Bridport and West Bay

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Bridport and West Bay
The buildings of the flax and hemp industry

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ISBN
9781873592861
Author
Mike Williams
Published by
English Heritage
Publication Date
June 2006
Format
Paperback
Extent
68 pages
Dimensions
210 x 210 mm
Series
Informed Conservation

Bridport is the home of an ancient industry, the manufacture of goods from flax and hemp. The local townscapes of this industry are of great historic significance and provide the building blocks for the regeneration of its historic industrial areas

Bridport is an industrial market town on the west Dorset coast which has played a pivotal role in the region's hemp and flax industry for over 700 years. The industrial heritage of this town is not widely known outside the area and very little has been published on the regional and national significance of Bridport.

Hemp and flax was traditionally grown locally and used for the production of cordage, netting and sailcloth: this industry expanded from the 18th century onwards with the construction of new mills and warehouses along with the continued use of traditional rope and twine walks, creating a highly distinctive range of building types. 


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