The April meeting of the Industrial Heritage Group had a fascinating, well researched talk about rope making by Lionel Parks one of the Groups members. Members of the group undertake research on a topic then present their findings in the form of a 45 minute talk followed by discussion.
Lionel’s talk explained the different natural materials that were used to manufacture rope, their cultivation as well as the fascinating process of making it. Many of us were very surprised to hear about some of the unusual locations where rope making can be seen today such as the Treat Cliff Cavern, Peak District.
Rope making was an essential product to many of the past industries in Kent and importantly to the Royal Navy. As a prelude to the talk the group visited Chatham Dockyard in June last year to see the manufacture of rope at one of the few working ropewalks in the country – well worth a visit).
The group intends to widen its research to embrace other aspects of Kent history from October, but will continue to cover a number of industrial topics particularly their social economic aspects. If you are interested in joining this research group please contact Alan Heyes.