Monday, June 18, 2007

バッキンガムレース Buckingham Lace

I stayed from May 24 to 28 in Buckingham, a small town north of London. It took 3 hours for me to get there by bus. The main purpose of my trip to England was to attend the events of the 60th anniversary of the death of Flora Thompson, an author of "Lark Rise to Candleford". It is her autbiographical fiction of her childhood in a small hamlet called Lark Rise (Juniper Hill) near Buckingham.
I learned Buckingham used to be famous with lace making since 16th century. It was very important mean for country women to earn money until low cost machine laces became popular.

Flora is writing in her book about Queenie, a old woman living her next door. She was only eight years old when she learned and started lace making with adult women. She brought the laces to the Banbury Fair to sell and spent lots of money on that day once a year. She was one of the last lace makers in that century.


Ulla said...

Lace is wonderful and reminds us about history,about kings,queens,young girls,summernights and very much about those who could do advanced very bobin lace.
What an adventure both in litterature and lace.
Ulla in the north of Sweden

Susan said...

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures and the information. wouldn't you just love to have pieces of all of them? I never knew about this place.

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