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Town’s woollen history will come alive at heritage talk

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Westbury’s history of mills will be under the spotlight when county archivist, Steve Hobbs, takes to the stage at the latest presentation by the town’s Heritage Society.

The town has been home to mills as far back as Domesday when six mills already existed in the area.

And by the late nineteenth century, town mills owned by Abraham Laverton were producing world famous cloth.

The last of the mills, Angel and Bitham, closed in the 1960s. Now, the only reminders of the town’s important woollen heritage are the mill buildings, converted into homes.

Steve Hobbs, whose talks are always popular, will be tracing the history of the town’s mills on Tuesday 27th November. The talk starts at 7.30pm in the Methodist church on Station Road. Everyone is welcome. Tickets can be purchased on the door, at the heritage centre in the High Street, or online at the What’s On page of the heritage society website  www.westburyheritagesociety .org.uk