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The view from St Stephens Church West Bowling where we have begun a new phase of our project called ‘Talking Textiles’.

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Participants have been using maps from different periods since the early nineteenth century to think about their community and the changes they have experienced while living there. It is particularly interesting to see the growth of Bowling Dyeworks and the appearance of Ripleyville, the industrial model village for the workers, on these  maps.


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We have been translating some of our memories into stitches, to add to a community cloth that celebrates the area and the heritage. Recording some memories of the area and how people used to live and work there has also begun.  For those newer to the area it is great to hear these stories and to gain a sense of the history of the place. Newer arrivals have been able to share the journeys that have brought them to West Bowling.