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Liverpool to Saltaire - A Retracing Of The Steps Of The 200-Year-Old Trade Route For Transporting Wool
The 200-year-old L&LC trade route transporting wool is re-enacted from Liverpool to Saltaire on Wool Barge "Kennet"
On 15 August 2012 the Kennet began a re enactment of the journey from Liverpool to Saltaire, retracing the steps of the 200-year-old trade route for transporting wool.
The Kennet barge itinerary is below.
The Kennet, built in 1947 and refurbished in 2012, left Liverpool docks on Wednesday 15th August 2012 loaded with wool from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, later collecting British wool at Skipton on 2nd October.
On its 27 day journey to Saltaire the barge will stop at Wigan, Burnley, Hyndburn, Gargave, Skipton, Bingley and finally Saltaire, where the bales of wool will be unloaded on 11th October. Saltaire was built entirely to accommodate the wool trade of the 18th century and marks the perfect docking point for The Kennet barge and the subsequent ceremonial handover of the four bales of wool.
Once unloaded, the bales will be blended and scoured in Bradford then woven into Commonwealth tweed in West Yorkshire and made into a Commonwealth worsted jacketing in Bradford.
The canal linking Liverpool to Leeds took 40 years to complete and was opened in 1816 allowing the free flow of broad boats across the Pennines. The journey The Kennet barge will undertake was a popular and regular journey made by broad boats transporting wool until the demand for wool dwindled in the 20th century due to the introduction of man made fibres.
The Kennet's journey marks the first of many exciting nationwide activities taking place to celebrate The Campaign for Wool in the run up to Wool Week 2012 (15th – 21st October).
HRH The Prince of Wales launched the Campaign for Wool in October 2010 to help, support and grow the wool industry by educating consumers about the benefits of wool whilst promoting wool-predominant products to a national audience.
For more information or to find out how to get involved contact:
Tel: 0207 845 7800
Email: [email protected]
The Campaign for Wool
The Campaign for Wool is a consortium of wool interests which embraces the world but which is funded primarily by the Commonwealth countries with historically important links to the wool industry.
From this base with strong connections to the International Wool Textile Organisation which is at the heart of global wool quality and trading the campaign seeks to lift the profile of wool and regenerate an understanding of its use in the home, in fashion and all the peripheral aspects which made it a major contributor to the wealth of the nation for many centuries and a vital ingredient of all manner of textiles throughout the world.
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