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The continuous open interior of the ropery in Chatham Dockyard, over 1,100 feet long, showing some of the original equipment.

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Some people mistakenly believe that the network of caves under Redcliffe Hill was used to store slaves before sale in Bristol.

The Lewin's Mead Sugar House, now Hotel du Vin Bristol, was once a sugar refinery processing sugar cane.

Image courtesy of Derbyshire Local Studies Libraries and

A factory making hosiery, underwear and other types of garment was established at Bolsover shortly after the Second World War. Passing from local o

Ropewalks were a striking feature in the 17th and 18th centuries, situated on the edge of town on both north and south sides of the river Wear, one

Glass making was one of the industries which developed in later 17th century Sunderland, taking advantage of the supply of otherwise unsaleable coa

Aylesford Pottery Company

Snodland papermill was in existence long before the Hook family purchased the business in 1854.

The Hook family came to Snodland in 1854 as the new owners of the paper mill.

Until unified as a single shop in the 20th century, these properties were quite distinct.