Fri, 12 Nov|
Sudbury Tourist Information Centre
Guided Tour | Sudbury: The UK Capital of Silk
Join our expert blue badge guide as we weave our way around Sudbury’s historic streets which are seeped in silk and wool weaving heritage. Adult Tickets: £7.50
Time & Location
12 Nov 2021, 11:00 – 12:30
Sudbury Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, Old Market Place, Sudbury CO10 1TL, UK
About the Event
Tour start point:
Sudbury Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall (Gaol Lane entrance), Sudbury, CO10 1TL
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Tickets prices: Adult: £7.50 / Child: £4 / Family Ticket: £20 (max 2 adults). All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
Phone: Give us a call on 01787 372331 (option 1) and buy guided tour tickets over the phone.
In person: Sudbury Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall (Gaol Lane Entrance), Sudbury, CO10 1TL
Open Monday - Saturday sudburytowncouncil.co.uk/tourist-information-centre
Email: Reserve & book your places by emailing: email@example.com
We're always happy to answer any question you may have, so please get in touch!
Celebrating Sudbury’s Weaving Heritage: From Wool to Sudbury Silk
Join our expert blue badge guides as we weave our way around Sudbury’s historic streets which are seeped in silk and wool weaving heritage. Architectural clues and monuments from these trades stand proudly throughout the town; from characterful Weavers’ Cottages, to mighty Silk Mills, Sudbury’s Weavers’ Piece garden packed with dye plants to Sudbury’s three magnificent medieval churches and splendid timber framed buildings, the architectural legacy of the wealth of Sudbury’s wool trade. After the decline of the wool trade, Sudbury’s spinners and weavers turned their skills to the production of lighter fabrics, including silk.
Sudbury – The UK Capital of Silk
The town of Sudbury in Suffolk has a unique place in Europe, with five silk businesses based in the town, milling over 110 tonnes of Chinese silk each year. Sudbury is truly the UK Capital of Silk since it manufactures over 95% of all the woven silk nationwide. Throughout the 20th century the silk industry in Sudbury not only survived but thrived and it continues today carrying on this proud and long tradition. Producing fabrics of the finest quality, they have been used for the wedding dresses of Princess Anne and Princess Diana, lining the Queen’s coronation robes, creating a gown for Michelle Obama and the list of prestigious projects continues to grow.