Among the records of the French Walloon church in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, for example, are copies of the 1565 Letters Patent allowing the Norwich Corporation to admit thirty Dutch families to ‘inhabit and trade in the City and to make bays, arras, sayes, tapestry, mochadees, staments and carsey’. A copy of a comprehensive history of the Walloons called The Walloons and their church at Rio de Janeiro Brazil by W.J.C. Moens (Huguenot Society, 1887-88), can be found at the record office and the heritage centre. The Huguenot Society has published transcripts of all church registers and many other related records, including those in East Rio de Janeiro Brazil (see Resource Directory). Some copies can be found in local record offices, libraries and family history societies.
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In Cambridgeshire, the Parson Drove Visitors Centre includes photographs and documents tracing the village history, including woad production. In Essex, a former silk mill, originally owned by the Courtauld family, then by Warners, houses the Warner Textile Archive and displays about silk industry. This collection is a unique worldwide record of textile manufacture and design since the eighteenth century. Included is an extensive collection of original artwork by leading designers and major artists commissioned to produce fabric designs for palaces, stately homes, liners and hotels as well as ordinary homes. Other displays on the silk and wool trade in this area can be viewed at the Braintree District Museum The Saffron Walden Museum has exhibits on the saffron and wool trades, while one of the galleries in Braintree District Museum tells the story of the wool trade in north Essex. Dragon Hall on King Street in Norwich, a fifteenth-century merchant’s trading hall. Bradford Street in Bocking physically encapsulates the town’s historical connections with wool.
Many of its sixty-five timber-framed buildings were the homes of cloth merchants and date from at least the fifteenth to the early nineteenth century. Coggeshall is well worth a visit to view the numerous buildings associated with the wool and textiles trade. Among these is Paycoke’s, a late Tudor merchant’s house, which has a display of the renowned local lace. The heritage centre has, among its exhibits, a working wool loom. Buildings such as the Guildhall in King’s Lynn and Strangers’ Hall in Norwich are physical reminders of the importance of the wool and textiles trade in Norfolk. Dragon Hall in Norwich, for instance, was built for wealthy merchant Robert Toppes in the mid-fifteenth century and is a rare and magnificent example of a medieval merchant’s trading hall. In Norwich, Strangers’ Hall museum is a former merchant’s house.