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Edward Lloyd, Ty Brics, the last stocking-knitter in the town of Bala, c.1880

Edward Lloyd, Ty Brics, the last stocking-knitter in the town of Bala, c.1880
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This item comes from: Dolgellau Library, Gwynedd Library and Information Service (Item reference: D 067 Casgliad Sleidiau / Slide Collection).  If you would like to see the original item, or require information regarding copyright, please contact the repository/contributor named above.


During the 18th and 19th century, stocking-knitting was an important feature of the rural economy in many parts of Wales. Many families were dependent upon stocking-knitting in order to earn a living during times of hardship. The town of Bala was regarded as the centre of the stocking-knitting industry at this time and men, women and children were said to be highly-skilled in this craft. By the late 19th century, however, the importance of this domestic industry had dwindled as machine-made stockings became increasingly popular. This photograph was taken during the 1880s and shows Edward Lloyd, Ty Brics, who was said to be the last stocking-knitter in the town of Bala.

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Dolgellau Library, Gwynedd Library and Information Service

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