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Remnants and Yarns                                                                  Poverty and protest in the woollen industry in Bradford on Avon — is the latest book produced by WaterMarx Media and published by White Horse (Wiltshire) Trades Union Council.

The production of woollen cloth from the shearing of sheep to the finished product was a highly labour intensive industry. 

There was an unlimited source of water and labour to produce the finest broadcloth in Bradford on Avon but reliance was placed on a workforce paid poverty wages whilst the clothiers grew rich on the profits. 

It was not uncommon for angry disputes to arise between weavers and the other trades within the industry for whom life was a constant struggle against the clothiers who employed them. 

Matters came to a head when machinery was introduced and the realisation that one machine could carry out the work of ten or more labouring men and women. 

This book exposes the gaps between those who produced the cloth, who lived impoverished lives, and those who gained wealth and power as a result. Bradford on Avon today has become a desirable place to live and work. This wasn’t always the case!

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