THIS IS WITNEY BLANKET HALL
WITNEY BLANKET HALL is open from 10am to 5pm every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday.
Tel: 01993 706408 or 07713 636415.
Angela Griffin (Hall Warden),
Sara Anderson (Shop Queen)
See you soon!
Not really news(!), but I've just found a poem written in September 2016, to celebrate the first anniversary of our re-opening the Blanket Hall to the public on 29th September 2015.
You can read the poem here: HERE
Recently, we welcomed Heather Pike to the Great Room, to share her 'What The Dickens'... A lively reading of 'A Christmas Carol', followed by our famous 'Blanket Hall Tea'...
You can see the pictures: HERE
We are pleased to have the u3a 40th Anniversary Quilt on show in The Great Room...
Details HERE ... do come and see it
After 1845 the New Mills established their own measuring, and the redundant Blanket Hall became variously a Brewery, Lemonade Factory, Engineering Shop, Office of births marriages & deaths, Dancing School, & for a few years a distinctive Gentleman’s House.
During most of its History, the Hall was also where many of the town's publick meetings took place, the death of Kings solemnly commemorated, & the birth of Princes celebrated with great Feasts. In the 18th century, the Hall housed the town’s Fire Pump.
WITNEY BLANKET HALL was built in 1721 by the Company of Blanket Makers. For over 120 years, every Blanket woven in the town came to the Hall to be weighed & measured, and upstairs in the Great Room the Company set the Rules for the Trade.
WITNEY BLANKET HALL has lately re-opened its doors on the High Street to reveal this illustrious past and to offer our woollen throws, fine coffee, beers & ciders, excellent pies, & Assemblies (both commercial & cultural.)
Visitor, you are Welcome.
The Great Room
The Stair Hall
Richard Martin, of Witney Blanket Hall, rummages about in the history of Witney Blankets...
Please excuse infelicities. This talk was originally produced for Selvedge Magazine.