Wool

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Wool

Pembrokeshire had more fulling mills than any other county in the 14c.

By 1600 the export of cloth had virtually ceased and George Owen laments:

“The trade of clothinge used in tymes past in this countrie ys now utterly neglected, whereby thousands were mayntayned”.

He estimated that twice as much wool was shorn in Pembrokeshire, as forty years previously, when all was “wrought within the sheare and sold in frises, and now all sold unwrought”.

According to tradition woollen manufacturing declined in the area due to an epidemic of “the sweating sickness”.

Wales in the Eighteenth Century edited by Donald Moore.

Wool (flannel manufacturing) technique used in Pembrokeshire up to the 18c:- Wool was carded with hand cards, spun on a “great” wheel, woven on a horizontal loom and fulled at a "pandy".

Flannel is manufactured. 1891 Four Welsh Counties Kilner.

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