Felt-Hatting in Bristol & South Gloucestershire 1: the Rise

For over three centuries from the time of Elizabeth I a felt-hat industry flourished in South Gloucestershire, supplying perhaps 40 million hoods for Bristol’s hatters and Bristol’s exports. Yet this important trade has been largely overlooked in the history of the region.

Here Dr Heal tells of the rise of the industry to its peak around the end of the eighteenth century.

Now out of print but may still be available direct from the author, on Amazon, or second hand.

About theAuthor

Dr Chris Heal is a retired businessman who completed a doctoral submission to the University of Bristol on The Felt Hat Industry of Bristol and South Gloucestershire, 1530-1909. For further relaxation, he makes individual pieces of oak furniture adapted from items made before 1850 and found in public and private collections.

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