For more than 500 years – from the 13th to the 18th century – wool formed the basis of the economic development of England and Wales and was the foundation of our wealth. The resulting textile industry challenged innovators and inventors to create some of the earliest industrial machines and also provided the impetus to explore and create industries across the globe.

India’s very fight for independence, for instance, was based partly on a powerful image of the spinning wheel, but today, such is the low value we now place on this once all-important and natural commodity, that farmers find themselves ...


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