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Model of Fulling Stocks

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Model of Fulling Stocks

Photograph of a model of fulling stocks taken at Bankfield Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Author: Unknown
Date: not dated
Location: Halifax
Format: Postcard - Mono
Document ID: 100010
Library ID: 3455954X

Fulling stocks were large wooden hammers used for part of the process of fulling (or thickening) and cleaning woven cloth by matting the surface texture. Previously done by hand domestically, increasingly from late medieval times water mills were built for the purpose. By the 1700s, there were fulling mills in Brighouse, Luddenden, Hebden Bridge/Heptonstall and Elland.

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