There was a glove factory in Bow Street until 1971, employing mainly women. Many outworkers also made gloves in their own homes, even after the factory closed. This ‘piece work’ provided a valuable source of income at a time when agricultural wages were low. It was also a social activity, as can be seen in the many group photographs that have survived.
More details can be found in: Hand in glove: Langport’s place in gloving history. See our Publications page.
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