Darshill and Bowlish Heritage Project Blog

Children employed at Darshill and Coombe Lane Silk Mills

Children employed at Darshill and Coombe Lane Silk Mills

Ian KeysSep 13, 20182 min read

In his evidence to the Factories Enquiry Commission (concerning the employment of children in factories), Mr William Hardisty explained that his company did not employ anyone under the age of eight at…

Bowlish factory c.1800

Bowlish factory c.1800

Ian KeysSep 11, 20181 min read

Kenneth Rogers in his book ‘Wiltshire and Somerset Woollen Mills’ researched insurance policies and selling notices in newspapers and says this about Bowlish: “West of the town were small industrial…

Bowlish haunted hayrick…

Bowlish haunted hayrick…

Ian KeysSep 7, 20181 min read

As our project gets under way, one of the first sources we’ve been searching are historic newspapers and this piece from the Bristol Mercury of 10 July 1886 popped up.…

We did it!

We did it!

Ian KeysAug 30, 20181 min read

It may have been more than two years in the planning, involved numerous meetings as well as a complex and lengthy application process but, after all that, we did it!…

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