The talk will explore the history of the industry in west Oxfordshire. From at least as early as the 13th century, the local availability of deer and sheep skins supported the development of an industry centred on the towns and villages within the former Royal Forest of Wychwood which soon became famous for the quality of its products. By the late 19th century factories had been built in the towns of the area, but much of the work of stitching was still done by women outworkers. The industry thrived until after the Second World War when social change saw a dramatic decline in demand and the eventual death of an industry which had once been the greatest source of employment after agriculture, especially for women.
We meet at the Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, OX5 1AB, with the talk starting at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:15pm, when there will be advisors offering computer and genealogy help, books for sale, and tea and coffee available.
Non-members are very welcome.
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