The Weavers & Workhouse Walk was held on 9th July.

We enjoyed a magical summers evening stroll and learned about the radical history of the Stroud Valleys, the mills and the racking fields of Rodborough. We were guided by Stuart Butler and paused for some historic anecdotes – acted by John Bassett.

Subjects included a tour through the 18th and 19th centuries taking in the social history of the Stroud Valleys and cloth industry. We also walked through the Frome Banks river valley and enjoyed the wildlife and habitats.

The event was filmed by BBC2 for the upcoming series of The Planners. Many participants wore red to signify the famous Stroud Scarlet cloth and we carried banners of cloth to replicate the drying of cloth on tenterhooks in Rodborough Fields.

The event also served to highlight the importance of these areas, for their industrial heritage, the character of the Stroud Valleys & AONB, for their key wildlife habitats, and for public amenity, leisure & tourism

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Thanks to Stuart Butler for the social history talks and readings;
http://radicalstroud.blogspot.co.uk/
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Thanks to John Bassett for his engaging performances en route;
http://www.spanielworks.co.uk/
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Thanks to Richard Keating for help and the Stroud Scarlet banners;
http://www.walkingtheland.org.uk/
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And finally thanks to Debs and Tammy Lynn for sending us their photos of the event; www.tammylynn.co.uk