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You can't think about Wales without picturing Sheep and it has been like that for hundreds of years. Sheep have always been important both for food and clothing.
Sheeps wool has always been popular and more so before the importation of cotton and after that man made fibres.
Woolen Manafacture has always been essential to rural communities and there would have been a lot of small wool mills all over wales where farmers would take their wool to be processed into cloth for their own use. All the processes of the Wool production would be undertaken all under one roof, from the teasing and dyeing of the fleece to the finishing of the fabric.
The Woolen Mill at St Fagans is typical of the many small mills that would once have been found all over Wales. It was built in 1760 and extended during the 19th c to accomodate new machinery. Wool was proccessed here until 1947.
This mill was re erected at St. Fagans in 1952
Both Handlooms in the mill date from the mid 18th c and were converted to flying shuttle not long after. The spinning jack is said to be the only one still working and it was made by John Davis of Llanbryn mair around 1830 with the carding engines being purchased second hand at the same time from a mill in Yorkshire.
The internal water wheel powers all the machinery and can be seen on the ground floor.
As with all the craftsmens buildings at St Fagans the Mill continues to produce traditional shoulder shawls and Welsh Carthenni (Blankets) and are all for sale.
the Original site of the Mill was at Esgair moel, Llanwrtyd, Powys
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