[Weavers Houses, Canterbury.] 38.[The Weavers Houses, a picturesque row of half-timbered gabled houses, overlooking the River Stour, are a relic of the Continental weavers from the Netherlands and France who came to Canterbury in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, who set up what quickly became a prosperous weaving trade. The first to arrive were the Walloons, refugees from religious oppression from the Spanish Netherlands, and a little later they were joined by some five thousand French Protestants. At the beginning of King Charles II's reign (1665), there were in Canterbury 126 master weavers. In the houses to-day the original hand looms are still in use. From the position the etching was made stands a house bridging the stream, which is one of Canterbury's many ancient hospital foundations.
[n.d. c.1920.] Copyright. F. & M. Ltd., Bedford, Eng.
Etching. 280 x 254mm. 11 x 10".
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