Textiles

The textile industry is known during this period as small scale localised textile processing mainly in small water driven fulling mills, often found on lands under monastic control. The Windermere Reflections project worked with volunteers to locate and survey five possible fulling mills, confirming the presence of all five which survived in varying conditions. Sourmilk Gill and Stickle Ghyll (C) were both identified as exceptional survivals although excavation is needed to confirm dating (Schofield and Vannan 2012) (Fig. 36). Possible evidence for another medieval fulling mill was found at Garston (M) surviving as a small square structure, powered by overshot wheel and built on the dam of a water course (Adams 2007).

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