Doug Wall

Doug Wall

Posted on 01/12/2016


Photo taken on June 15, 2011



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The Old Weavers House

The Old Weavers House
The Old Weavers House is a gorgeous half-timbered building on the River Stour. It takes its name from the influx of Flemish and Hugenot weavers who had begun fleeing persecution and war in the Spanish Netherlands in the mid-16th century. The Huguenots introduced silk weaving into the city, which by 1676 had outstripped wool weaving. By the 17th century, Canterbury's population was 5,000; of whom 2,000 were French-speaking Protestant Huguenots. Elizabeth I granted the Flemish weavers the right to establish their businesses in Canterbury, and they are known to have used this and other similar buildings nearby.

The house probably dates back to at least the 14th century although the current building largely dates to a reconstruction in the second half of the 16th century.

At the rear of the Old Weavers House is a medieval ducking stool, jutting out over the river. This ducking stool was historically used as a method of punishing 'scolds' - women accused by their husbands of talking back too much! The stool may also have been used as a more severe punishment for suspected witches. [see the narrative on my earlier photo, The Canterbury Ducking Stool].

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6 comments - The latest ones
Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
Wonderful scenic shot here. Well done Doug Regards Tess
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Tess Mc Kenna
Thank you Tess!
19 months ago.
John Lawrence
John Lawrence
Another place I used to see daily (as I walked to St Georges St) Great shot Doug.
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to John Lawrence
Ah, my generation - you see things as you walk. My youngest daughter sees nothing - except her phone.......:-(
19 months ago.
Richard Gawthorpe
Richard Gawthorpe
lovely shot doug very interesting imfo
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Richard Gawthorpe
Thanks for visiting Richard.
19 months ago.