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A Spinning or Ropewalk

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Bridport Town Council

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This is a section of a mural showing two wheels with their attendant 'turners' and four women in two pairs slowly walking backwards and spinning the twine from the tow cloth tied around their waists. A canopy of 'withy' trees is overhead through which the blue sky appears and the bright colours of the women’s clothes contrast against the white boundary wall. Perhaps the most notable spinner in those days was Maria Bragg, whose raucous voice might have been heard all over the town.

Bridport Town Hall


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    90 x 181 cm (E)

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    presented by the artist, 1924–1927


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Bridport Town Hall

East Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3HA England

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