Hatters' Trails Booklet - available now!!

posted 21 May 2013, 10:14 by Phil Handy   [ updated 6 Jun 2013, 07:20 ]
A group of local experts and enthusiasts have got together to produce the Hatters' Trails booklet to give people the opportunity to explore a little known part of our local heritage, the hatting industry that flourished in this area between 1770-1870. The Hatters' Trail offers three explorations of Frampton Cotterell and Watley's End, with shorter alternative routes for the less mobile or wheelchair users.

The A5 booklet in full colour contains over fifty viewing points, each depicting a different aspect of the hatting trade's history, accompanied by attractive photos and illustrations covering a range of periods and topics. These include details of the skills involved in felt production; family histories; working conditions and their impact on hatters' health; the role of the trade unions; plus the importance of the local natural environment, of a high alcohol intake and of Methodism.

The Hatters' Trail booklet is free, though a modest donation of £1 (or more if you can spare it) to finance further copies of the trail and spin-off publications would be very welcome. 

The booklet is now available!!. Copies may be obtained from local shops, the Brockeridge Centre, Frampton Cotterell, Winterbourne library and Winterbourne Parish Council offices, or from Tony Harding, Well Cottage, 130 Watley's End Road, Watley's End.

For those who want to know more about the history of the area, copies of the Heritage Walks booklet are still available. Contact us if you would like a copy.