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10th March 2020, 10:30 - 12:30
Join Honorary Remembrancer, Matthew Alexander, who will give an illustrated introduction to Guildford’s wool trade and its merchants followed by a short guided walk to see the fascinating historical sites connected with the trade that formed the basis of Guildford’s early prosperity.
Matthew Alexander first came to Guildford in July 1975 to become assistant curator of local history at Guildford Museum. He has spent most of his life since then exploring Guildford’s fascinating past. He was elected the Borough’s Honorary Remembrancer after retiring as the museum curator in 2010 and is widely regarded as one of Guildford’s most knowledgeable historians.
The prosperity of medieval Guildford was largely based on the wool trade and for a relatively short time Surrey’s County town was famous for the production of “Guildford blue” cloth, which was exported across the world. Matthew will tell us about how the wool trade flourished and why it eventually dwindled. His illustrated talk provides a fascinating account of Guildford in the middle ages and the factors that contributed to its prosperity.
After the talk Matthew will lead us on a guided walk that will take us to Racks Close, a hidden chalk quarry, which is often a surprise to many locals. Here Guildford Blue after dyeing with woad, was fixed on wooden racks to allow it to dry without shrinking. Our walk of about 45 minutes will go through the Town’s historic quarter and we will pass through the grounds of Guildford’s Norman Castle and hear about some of the other sites that were so important to the wool trade.
The walk will finish at Racks Close and there will then be the option to join us at the King’s Head in Quarry Street. The Kings Head is Guildford’s oldest and allegedly most haunted pub. Constructed in the late 1500s it was built in the traditional manner using timber beams and is situated next to the Castle.
Alternatively, there are over 50 eating establishments in Guildford to enjoy if you prefer.
The cost will be £10.00 for members and £15.00 for non-members, which includes tea or coffee, cakes and biscuits.
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