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There was a great demand for knitted stockings from the late 16th century and many were produced by Castle Cary stockingmakers who employed large numb

Linenweavers were recorded at Castle Cary in 1726 and 1728 and from the 1790s large scale production of sailcloth and twine, no doubt encouraged by

Despite some early recusancy and nonconformity, dissent did not flourish in the area until the 19th century when it may have been encouraged by the