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Two Top Titles – New in the Shop

New in the Shop – Two Top Titles

A new DVD and recently republished book are now available from the Cotswold Canals Trust outlets at Saul and Wallbridge as well as online & postal.

Rivers of Cloth – Archive film of the Gloucestershire woollen industry 

The DVD Rivers of Cloth is compiled and narrated by Anthony Burton on behalf of the Stroudwater Textile Trust. 

Anthony Burton, the well known author, historian and TV presenter, lives in the Stroud area and has worked with other local personalities, including wildlife film editor Pip Heywood and musician Patsy Gamble. The result of their efforts is a magical trip back in time 

For centuries the valleys around Stroud in Gloucestershire echoed to the sound of machinery as the mills turned out high quality woollen cloth. Today those sounds have all but died away.

But the mills are not forgotten. This film uses archive footage and the voices of the men and women who worked in the industry to recapture the past. 

It shows all the processes that turn a fleece into cloth whilst presenting a vivid picture of what it was like to work with wool half a century ago.

Click on the icon below to find out more about the Stroudwater Textile Trust

Yanto's Summer by Ray Pickernell

Yanto's Summer is a gripping tale of cut & thrust, set in Gloucestershire's delightful Vale of Berkeley during the long hot summer of 1947. 

A cast of colourful characters play out an emotional drama of rivalry in love, of hope & disasters all intermingled with folk lore and country life alongside the River Severn. 

The Severn Bore provides a backdrop to the story which will have you laughing and crying in equal measure.

This impressive piece of historic creativity comes from the pen of Berkeley born Ray Pickernell.

Ray, pictured below at Wallbridge, published the book with great success in 1988.

Recent public demand has led to this long awaited reprint.

Click on the icon below to find out more about Yanto's Summer and Ray Pickernell.