Andy Green sent me a nice picture of his mother’s Snooding
Hook which is used to create the incredible range of fishing flies which were
produced in the town.
Andy told me that she used to tie the tiniest of hooks by
the gross on this, working for Taylor (Taylor Made) as ‘out work’ in the
I have seen fly tying demonstrations at Forge Mill Needle
Museum and at Redditch Local History Society from retired Redditch exponents
and it is fascinating and highly skilled.
Andy contacted me as he found my ‘Brief Introduction to the Fishhook Industry in Redditch’ presentation in my Industry page of my History of Redditch website, and, I am pleased to say, how much he enjoyed it. http://redditchhistory.com/industry.htm
It is always very gratifying to get feedback from visitors.
I had an interesting morning on Saturday 25th May with the Scour team and artist Andrew Howe exploring the historic landscape of the Bordesley Abbey site. This one of the range of workshops organised by the Scour team which can be found at http://www.forgemill.org.uk/web/events/
The participants were a nice group and it was a pleasure to
explain the history of the area during the walk. The walk is only 2 miles (3 km)
but we took about 2 hours to cover the terrain as the purpose was to thoroughly
explore the terrain and the relationship to its history. For me, it was
excellent to interact with such a motivated group.
In the afternoon they went on to make some interesting
artwork and it is planned to publish a small magazine about the walk which will
include these and some of the history.
I am involved in the one day art work and workshop at Forge
Mill on the 25th May 2019 where we explore the local landscape with
a gentle 2 hour walk with myself and artist Andrew Howe followed by a workshop.
Details can be found on the poster and from the Scour website (above)
The image was taken by the late Philip Davis, who was for
many years the Local Historian at Redditch Public Library (a post that has long
since disappeared), and a stalwart supporter of the history of our town.
This is specifically designed to support the activities of
the Forge Mill Needle Museum http://www.forgemill.org.uk/
from the point of view of the volunteers at the museum who are active in
promoting the Abbey ruins.
Next year we are planning to have a special weekend; Bordesley Weekend’, linked to the ‘Festival of Archaeology; organised by the Council for British Archaeology http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/