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22 October 2019Warner Textile Archive, Braintree and Paycocke's House, Coggeshall
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03 December 2016Concert at Holkham Hall
23 September 2016Gainsborough's House, Sudbury and Little Hall Museum, Lavenham
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18 May 2016Boughton House near Kettering
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30 June 2015'Francis Bacon and The Masters'
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Warner Textile Archive, Braintree and Paycocke's House, Coggeshall
Tuesday 22 October 2019

Arts Society visit to the Warner Textile Archive and Coggeshall


On Tuesday the 22nd October members of King’s Lynn Arts Society visited the Warner Textile Archive in Braintree and followed this with an afternoon spent in Coggeshall. It was a sunny autumn day and this only enhanced what was to prove a fascinating day out.


Warner’s Mill closed in the 1990s but the archive preserves a treasure trove of hand printed silks, block printed wallpapers and trimmings. After coffee and biscuits we listened to an interesting talk on silk production and the history of Warners from their beginnings as dyers. The silk produced was both for furnishings and dresses. There was a royal connection, with not only curtains for royal residences but also the fabric for the future Queen Mary’s wedding dress. Pulling out display drawers showed samples produced by the company and then in smaller groups we saw samples of silk woven using a jacquard loom.


Coggeshall Village has numerous listed buildings, many dating from Medieval times. Paycocke’s House was a National Trust property built around 1500. It was a house and showroom built to impress, with stunning woodcarving and elaborate panelling all based on wool trade money. The Grange Barn was even earlier. Built in the 13th Century it was an enormous tithe barn and is one of Europe’s oldest timber framed buildings.


Most of us managed to find lunch and explore the garden of Paycocke’s House all before getting back on the bus and returning to Norfolk. It was a busy day but enjoyed by all. Thanks to Susan Ingleby for the superb organisation of a wonderful visit.