Wearing the wool surplus
POLLY Williams tells the story* of the Rev
Gideon Bouyer, who was the rector of
Theddlethorpe St Helen and Willoughby, Lincs,
from 1771 to 1810. Those were hard times
with wars, transportation for minor crimes and
too much Lincoln longwool.
To deal with the latter, Rector Bouyer got
the village children spinning and helped
establish a woollen mill in Louth. He also
encouraged the wearing of wool by starting the Stuff Ball. AR
*Lincolnshire stuff by Polly Williams. Available from Louth Museum, 4 Broadbank, Louth, Lincs LN11 6EQ at £8.50 inc p&p.