- I have just been emailed with info on the following book which, though not
about Gloucestershire, could be of interest
The Largest Tanyard in the Kingdom
A study of a once important local industry
This is a study of more than 300 years of the tanning industry in Wantage.
An industry that when seen by William Mavor, a surveyor from the Board of
Agriculture in 1809, caused him to report that The tanyard belonging to Mr
Sylvester is the largest in the kingdom and is conducted on the most
The practical effects of legislation, wars and taxation are considered as
well as the difficulties presented by poor road communication. In addition
the Industrial Revolution created an increased home demand and an expansion
of overseas trade. Despite these problems, our tanners were very successful,
becoming wealthy and well respected members of the emerging middle class
in society, holding important positions within the town. Yet by 1825 all
traces of the industry had disappeared and the casual visitor today would
never know the tanyards had even existed.
This book should be on the bookshelf of anyone interested in social history
as well as those studying the impact of local industries such as tanning on
Tel: 01235 769213
£12 plus £2 p&p for 1st class postage.
Orders to 63 Charlton Road, Wantage, OX12 8HJ
Cheques, £14, made payable to J Parrott
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