Worstead




I spent my summer holidays very near the village of Worstead in north Norfolk.
Worstead is now a small pretty village with a couple of pubs, The White Lady served a very nice meal with local vegetables.
But Worstead is still famous for the heavy wool cloth that was woven here during the middle ages. The first weavers came from Flanders in the 12th century.




The Church, St Mary’s, is 14th century and is a testament to the wealth of the local weavers who built it. You can see the While Lady pub very close to it. The White Lady pub replaced a pub nearer the church in 1825, allegedly because drunken weavers disturbed the Sunday services. 




This is the entrance to the Undercroft of St Andrews cottage. It is brick-vaulted and groined and was probably used to store wool in the cool.




The weather vane, depicting a weaver, is on top of  Worstead C of E school; Henry Wright the head of the school, taught weaving to children and adults from 1949 to 1971, his efforts encouraged the founding of St Mary’s Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers now the Worstead Guild. 

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