All About the Industry
This section explores how and why the blanket industry came to be so important in Witney, and what its main products were.
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A Witney blanket timeline - putting the blanket trade in its historical context.
A brief history of the wool trade in the Witney area - a whistle-stop tour through the history of Witney blankets.
What is a Witney blanket? - what makes a 'Witney blanket', and how its meaning has changed
over the years.
Why Witney? - the reasons why Witney became so famous for its blankets.
Witney and the Industrial Revolution - how the Industrial Revolution affected the blanket industry and
What kinds of blankets were made in Witney? - a description of the different types of Witney blanket that were
Not just blankets! - find out about the many different products besides blankets that
Witney makers turned their hands to over the years.
Why are blankets no longer made in Witney? - the reasons behind the eventual decline of the industry.