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Demonstration – Rope Making

July 29, 2023 @ 12:00 PM July 30, 2023 @ 5:00 PM

Rope making demonstration 2022
Members of Emsworth Museum demonstrate rope making using a rope walk.

Rope making was a thriving industry in Emsworth for more than 200 years. Christopher Day is recorded as having a rope making business here in 1714. The manufacture of cordage was a profitable concern in the days of wooden ships and sail but sadly no industrial rope making exists in the town today. The industry dwindled in the period between the two world wars.
Before he died Bob Lewis, son of John Lewis of Carter Sons and Lewis, gifted a rope making jack to the museum and over the winter of 2021/2022 Trevor Davies, helped by the staff at Bridport Museum, designed a small rope making walk for Emsworth Museum. Although on a very small scale it is an indication of how the 200 metres Emsworth rope walk that ran parallel to the Slipper Millpond from the Sussex Brewery pub to the Slipper Mill would have looked.
Rope making Demonstrations will be at the following times:

  • Saturday July 29th: 11:00 AM; 12:00 AM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM; 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM
  • Sunday July 30th: 2:00 PM; 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM

The rope making demonstrations that were held during the weekend of 2nd/3rd July 2022 were very successful and are being repeated on 29th/30th July this year.

Trevor Davies

Emsworth Museum

10b North Street
Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7DD United Kingdom
01243 378091