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Thu, 26 Mar


Sudbury Library / Tourist Information

Silk Walks in Sudbury: The Capital of Silk

Join the team at Sudbury's Tourist Information Centre to get under the skin of Sudbury's fascinating Silk Heritage that continues to thrive today.

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Silk Walks in Sudbury: The Capital of Silk
Silk Walks in Sudbury: The Capital of Silk

Time & Location

26 Mar 2020, 11:00 – 12:30

Sudbury Library / Tourist Information, Market Hill, Sudbury CO10 2EN, UK

About the Event

Silk Walks in Sudbury: The Capital of Silk

Start: 11am at Sudbury Library

Dates: Thurs 26 March, 2 July, 27th August, 12th November

Price: Adults: £6 / Children: £4  

Walks are usually a duration of 90 minutes

More information and booking: Visit the Tourist Information Centre (within Sudbury Library) or call: 01787 881320 to book your place.

In the heart of rural England in the valley of the Stour, in countryside immortalised in the paintings of Constable and Gainsborough, lies the picturesque medieval market town of Sudbury. Home to wealthy merchants and clothiers since the 15th century and already a prominent centre for silk weaving which still thrives to this day, Sudbury being the nation's largest silk producer.

On this walk you'll visit some key sites around Sudbury to reveal the long tradition of silk weaving in Sudbury Suffolk that stretches back to the 1780’s. Records show that by 1844 there were four silk manufacturers and 600 silk looms and it is still a thriving industry today with five silk weaving companies, Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company, The Humphries Weaving Company, Stephen Walters & Sons, David Walter Fabrics and Vanners Silks. 

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