>Bushey & the Congested Districts Board

>This is one of those ‘tying-up-a-loose-end’ posts – although in this case there remain several ‘tails’ still to be told.

In my piece on ‘Lululaund’ I referred to the Tapestry Weavers of Bushey and then later discovered The British and Irish Spinning and Weaving School that had been located there. I mentioned the presence of Miss Clive Bayley and conjectured that she was the ladies teacher. Hence I was delighted to find in the National Archives of Scotland a reference from 1901 to ‘Miss Clive Bayley. Home Industry. Expenses incurred at Bushey’ that is filled under the Congested Districts Board (Ref:AF42/890)

Unfortunately there are no further details and the file, which is held off-site, has to be pre-requested but it nicely corroborates the foregoing guesswork and links the CDB to this particular endeavour. As it appears in Bushey, and Mrs Captain Thomas was now living in East Sussex as Mrs Frances Beckett, I wonder if once again she had a hand in yet another textile offshoot from Harris, this time one that was training some seven young ladies from ‘Obbe, Harris’?

Whilst on the topic of connections twixt Bushey & Harris, here’s the piece on ‘A Somewhat Strange Affair’ …


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