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History of Wool on the Limestone Coast

Author

Shakira Elmer

A 12,000 mile voyage

After the wool was shorn and pressed into bales, it was loaded onto wagons for a journey which would take it half way round the world to the London wool sales. Most of the South East wool was first shipped… Continue Reading →

A cargo of wool

From the 1840s the practice of dumping wool became widespread. This was the process of compressing the station wool bales so that they took up less space, and reduced shipping costs. Three compressed bales strapped together would take up about… Continue Reading →

Shipping Transport

There was an established pattern for loading wool in the ships’ holds, retaining the balance of the load and gaining maximum value for the available space. Wool in jute bales picks up large quantities of moisture from the humid air… Continue Reading →

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