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Tintern's Hidden History
Many of us have probably heard of Tintern Abbey - if not, read Sonia's potted history. However, Tintern has a partly hidden history including being the first place in the world where brass was produced by alloying copper with zinc in 1568. So here is my disjointed article on Tintern industrial history. So why does Tintern have an industrial history? It is all to do with Location - The fast flowing Angidy river – suitable for driving water wheels, at one point there were 22...
Paisley Patterns – A Design Source Book by Valerie Reilly
So how did Paisley in Renfrewshire become synonymous with a pattern that can trace its ancestry back to ancient Babylonia? Here is a potted history... One of the main sources of food, shelter and house building was the Date Palm. The Date Palm came to be seen as the 'Tree of Life' and the tightly curled palm frond was a symbol of fertility and much prized by the Babylonians. From Babylonia this motif was to spread all over the world. In India, particularly Kashmir, an...