Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tring - its Straw Plaits and Hats

Straw Plaiting Doll from Tring
Some of the most frequently visited pages on the Genealogy in Hertfordshire web site relate to the straw plait industry - perhaps because many people look up their Hertfordshire ancestors in the census (particularly the earlier years) and find that the women and children in the household made straw plait.

Austin Straw Splitter
One of the earliest references to straw plait relates to a market where it was sold in Tring, and the famous Austin straw splitter was made by a carpenter in the town, so it is appropriate that on 19th September Veronica Main will be giving a talk Tring - its Plaits and Hats to the Tring & District Local History & Museum Society. (7.30 for 8.00 in the Anglican/Methodist Church Hall).

I have created a permanent link to the main straw plaiting page www.hertfordshire-genealogy.co.uk/links/straw-plait.htm which you should use if you want to link to the site.

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