Created By: ODHS
This trail provides an introduction to Olney's lacemakers and the associated cottage industry which lasted for over 300 years. Continental lacemakers came to this area of North Buckinghamshire as a result of religious persecution in their own countries from the late 1500s through to the late 1600s. The lacemakers, particularly those from Lille and Mechlin, settled here in Olney and taught local women to make bobbin lace.
The Points of Interest covered in the trail demonstrate that although most experienced lacemakers produced excellent fine lace they barely managed to scrape a living from their labours.
The original work for this trail was compiled by Elizabeth Knight and developed and edited for digital media by Mike Neale.
Completion of the full trail takes around 30minutes.