october, 2021

06oct20:0021:30Asby History GroupMonks, Shepherds, and Wool20:00 - 21:30 Asby Village Hall

Hary Hawkins

Event Details

Monks, Shedherds, and Wool

Speaker:  Harry Hawkins


This talk will trace the history of wool and the sheep from which it came, its uses as a material with some surprises, its importance to monasteries including Shap and Byland (both of which ran flocks in Asby) and Watton Priory which ran flocks in Ravenstonedale.  How the trade gave rise to what is now known as commodity trading is illustrated, with examples from transactions of wool merchants in Appleby in the late 13th century. The Hundred Years War cut off England’s markets for raw wool in the Netherlands and English merchants began to manufacture their own cloth creating a new industry and fortunes for themselves and for landowners.

All welcome:
AHG members free; non-members £3, including refreshments.


Keith Cooperkhcooper1@aol.com


(Wednesday) 20:00 - 21:30


Asby Village Hall

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