|Appletons, Sturt Road and the Haslemere Peasant Industries, Kings Road, |
Haslemere, an 8 minute walk apart (Google Maps)
Kelly's Directory of Kent, Surrey & Sussex 1891 (p.211, online here) stated that "the principle trade or manufacture of the place (Haslemere) is hoop making." Kelly's 1913 Directory, the next one I can find online, records a dramatic increase in the town and that the principal trades are "brick and tile making and the makings of braid, bindings and cord etc." The reference to braid, bindings and cord being a reference to Appletons and not to the Haslemere Peasant Industries.
|Military braid, perhaps similar to braid that was manufactured at Appletons,|
Sickle Mill, Haslemere c.1900
|Plaque outside Sickle Mill,|
Sturt Road, Haslemere
|Sickle Mill (Winter & Collyer, Around Haslemere and Hindhead in Old Photographs,|
Alan Sutton Publishing Limited, 1991)
Looking at their website today, it is interesting to read that Appleton's recently provided the tapestry wool for completing the missing sections of the Bayeux Tapestry! I wish the continuation of the firm every success.
|from Appleton's website here|