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The Hat Industry of Luton and its Buildings


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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Historic and regional development
The towns of the hat industry
3 Straw plaiting
Origins of the industry
Child labour
Economic and regional impact
4 Hat manufacture and trade
Manufacturing processes
Economy and organisation
Subsidiary industries
Working conditions
5 Buildings of the hat industry
Small-scale industry
Large-scale industry
6 Conservation and the management of change
Refences and further reading

About the Author

Katie Carmichael is an investigator in the Cambridge office of English Heritage David McOmish is a Historic Environment Officer with English Heritage David Grech is a Historic Places Advisor with English Heritage


... this worthwhile and highly informative book: Luton does have a valuable heritage which although not "pretty" or in some instances eventhat obvious, is nonetheless of considerable interest and one to be cherished. -- Chris Garrand * SPAB, The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Autumn 2014 *

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