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Subject: RE: [Ess] Essex cloth trade
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 01:13:42 -0000
A little known fact, unless you read a guide to silver & gold hallmarks is
The Dutch protestants flocked to England around the time of the Catholic
persecutions, and were known as the Easterlings> They settled in the east
Anglia towns, some being excellent silver smiths, from hence the word
Sterling entered the English Language.
This is probably not a lot of use to your question, but interesting, none
Sent: 25 March 2005 00:51
Subject: [Ess] Essex cloth trade
Pardon the flurry of emails today, but can anyone fill me in on the 16th
century history of Essex regarding the cloth trade? I know that the Flemish
given refuge in Essex (Halstead) and brought their bay, serge, grograine,
industry to Essex, which had been a wool broadcloth and kersey center for
centuries. Is there a good reference on it I could lay my hands on?
I am hoping to find a connection between the Dutch weavers who lived in
Halstead (calling it the most convenientest towne in England for their
moved to Colchester in the 1580s after English weavers used phony Flemish
in an attempt to get the Flemish price for their goods and Dutch "Drakes,"
arriving in America from Holland.