Sunday, 20 November 2016
Adding the mills
The sounds heard in the Stroud valleys would have been very different centuries ago. The plethora of mills around Stroud turned out high quality woollen cloth, and with it came the immense and deafening sound of machinery. One by one the mills closed - apart from Cam Mills and Lodegmore Mills, the two sister mills which still produce the billiard, tennis and uniform cloth today - but they are far from forgotten. Many of the mill buildings no longer exist, yet the ones which do now have a different sound such as that of a restaurant, a manufacturing industry, council headquarters, fitness centre or accommodation. I have paid tribute to the mills on the hare's legs and also added in part of a very famous image of the scarlet cloth left out to dry in the Stroud fields.