Ex­eter’s cloth trade

Devon Life - - Tuckers Hall -

Ex­eter was the cen­tre for the woolen cloth trade in the South West and at its height, had at least three pur­pose-built cloth mar­kets in the city. The first mar­ket was opened in 1538.

Fulling mills lined the wa­ter chan­nels near the river with all open spa­ces filled by racks of dry­ing cloth. With wealth and trade came a grow­ing mer­chant class. Woollen cloth changed Ex­eter from a pro­vin­cial to cos­mopoli­tan city. Many fine mer­chant houses were built, some of which can still be seen in the city to­day.

John Bar­ing (his youngest son went on set up Bar­ing’s Bank) came to Ex­eter to pur­sue a ca­reer as a woollen cloth mer­chant in 1717.

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