Cotswold Woollen Weavers Mill at Filkins, & the marvellous Richard Martin

Yesterday I finished editing a radio feature on The Cotswold Woollen Weavers Mill at Filkins – just over the Oxfordshire border – in Gloucestershire. I learned about this woollen mill when I saw that Robert Jarvis had used the sounds of the loom there in his composition – sounds of Oxfordshire. Robert kindly sent me a clip of his recordings, which is included in the feature I’ve made for The Hub.

Although you’ll have to wait until Sunday to hear the final edit on the interview I did with Richard, there were quite a few things I couldn’t fit into the show, and I’ve added one of my favourite clips* at the bottom here as a gift to all fibre-fans**.

The Sheep Yoke that Richard talks about in the show this coming Sunday

This is to be the last Knit Weekly feature for this series of The Hub, but I am hoping to take it further in April in our next series when I intend to make something from a Cotswold Fleece and record more local, woolly doings for the show.

If you live near the Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire border and have a love for woven woollen cloth, then you must visit this treasure-trove of a place to see the handloom described in the interview below, the beautiful fabric in the shop, and Richard’s amazing collection of objects relating to the Woollen industry. There is even a cafe where cakes and tea can be purchased. I had such a happy afternoon there; I wish I could have taken you all.

*if you are reading this through my Facebook page, you will not be able to see the link at the bottom, so you must click this link instead.

**if you in any way hoard stash and have a partner who in any way resents this activity of yours, you must play them this clip, because I think you will both feel a great affection for the couple who sold Richard the beautiful handloom that he describes in the audio.

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