The Shepton Mallet hamlets of Bowlish, Ham and Darshill lie on the west side of the town, nestling in the valley of the river Sheppey.
The Sheppey was once the ‘powerhouse’ for the cloth making industries which thrived in Shepton Mallet in the 15th – 19th century (wool) and 19th – 20th century (silk).
Remnants of the buildings used by those industries can still be seen in Bowlish, Ham and Darshill and the tour will guide you around the workshops, dye houses, finishing shops, mills, farms, barns, impressive houses and even a clothier mansion with a 16th century core, providing historical context on the way.
When: 11 July and 14 August 2019
Time: 1900 hrs
Duration: 1 ½ – 2 hours approx.
Meet: Outside Bowlish House Hotel, BA4 5JD.
Park: on St Peter’s Road
Refreshments: Tea and biscuits
Price: £5 (donation to Darshill & Bowlish Conservation Society Heritage Project)