DAWE’S WELCOMES VISITORS ON THE FOURTH SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH (and frequently at other times by appointment)
Find us at the west end of the village on the A30, next to No94 BA22 9AU
LATEST NEWS! The Heritage Lottery Fund has approved a grant which will fund completion of Dawe’s restoration. See Press Release HERE
There are seven pages describing the Dawe’s twineworks and its restoration. If you hover your mouse over the ‘Twineworks’ tab above, you will find the other six, or here are some links:
The Shanks engine story – HERE
Progress made in 2013-14 in Grant-Funded Restoration
The ‘History’ page.
Rebuilding of the west end of the Ropewalk HERE
and Dawes Twine Works (Somerset Routes).
Can you identify any of the people in these old photos. Click HERE?
Some photos of Cider-making HERE
Members of West Coker Camera Club paid us a long visit in late July. See HERE for the results – photo and video.
LATEST NEWS – ART AT THE TWINEWORKS
Simon Lee Dicker, artist and co-founder of OSR Projects is running three arts projects based on Dawe’s Twineworks. See HERE
‘Jo-the-Flax-Lady’ is working with volunteers to grow flax in the village and surrounding areas. HERE is her project blog and HERE is our page of photos.
Please see HERE for a page of further links.
This is Simon filming all the rotating shafts and pulleys: –
THE NEW ENGINE
It’s now a year since we succeeded in starting and running the 1927 Shanks oil engine generously loaned to us by Phil Upshall. This was made possible by the Museum of Internal Fire, in Wales, who offered the loan of a compressor to power the air-start system.
Despite not being used for 40 years, it all works perfectly. See our one-minute video HERE, and the story and photos HERE. On August 14th, we first drove the lineshaft with the long belt. See video HERE
THE POSTS WERE REPLACED
Thanks to the generosity of the local community and the efforts of Jason and Aaron, Dawe’s Twineworks has been transformed. The old rotten posts along the edge were replaced by new oak, and the scaffolding has gone.
23rd August 2015 – A Big Thank You to local sponsors and friends
HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDING IS A STEP CLOSER see HERE
OLDER NEWS AND PHOTOS:
DANCE AT THE TWINEWORKS
Kira McCoy brought dancers to Dawe’s to make a video as part of their campaign to keep Performing Arts courses going at Yeovil College
We are all very saddened that Neil Evans died on New Year’s Day 2015 after a short illness.
Neil brought his long experience of rope and twine-making to the work he did restoring our original machinery. Trust Chairman Ross says: “Such a kind man and friend. Without his fantastic help the Dawe’s Twineworks project would never have happened. We owe him everything.”
“I want two small people replacing ridge tiles, and will the rest of you cut oak posts please”
(West Coker Brownies visit June 2013)
Click on any of these for full size view –
(Thanks to Jim Lefeuvre for photos taken during the Brownies visit)