The tale of St Edmundsbury Weaving Works

Clickity-clack, clickity-clack, clickity-clack, clickity-clack, clickity-clack…

The heavy machines whirled and hummed as the thread whipped around them, spinning onto bobbins and spinning into exquisitely detailed textiles. These percussive sounds were the everyday backing track for the hard-grafting workforce at the St. Edmundsbury Weaving Works, established in Letchworth in 1908.

Through the beautiful textile examples and intricately detailed photographs, cared for by our team at the Garden City Collection, we are able to celebrate and share this fascinating insight into the workings of this successful manufacturing company, and the family that founded it, the Hunter’s.

We are hoping that this will evolve into a series of short illustrated introductions to key parts of Letchworth Garden City’s history, so please get in touch via if there are any topics you would like to see covered!