A record of the town since the dawn of photography


Acton Square

Catalogue ref: pa76

Category: Business and Industry

Period: c1890-1914

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This was taken in the building which is now the Dental Emporium on Acton Square. This silk factory was originally built by Stephen Walters (thus the W) on the east elevation. At the time of the photo c1885 it was occupied by the Fennell Brothers. In the foreground there is skein to bobbin winding, centre behind we see warping, and over to the left back reed entering. (The process of actually weaving the silk was still being done by hand in the weavers' cottages.)

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The market town of Sudbury, on the borders of Suffolk and Essex, has a long and fascinating history. Much of the way of life in the town since the invention of photography has been caught on camera. The Sudbury Museum Trust has developed this website to show and provide information on a selection of these photographs.

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