DAWE’S WELCOMES VISITORS ON THE FOURTH SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH 10am to 4pm (and frequently at other times by appointment)
Find us at the west end of the village on the A30, next to No94 BA22 9AU
A Big Day at Dawe’s:
After more than 10 years, the scaffolding supporting the ‘walk’ has finally been removed. Now we can again see it as it should be:
A VIP visitor: Reg Warr worked at Dawe’s when he left school aged 14 in 1941. His father was the site engineer. He had not seen the site since restoration began, so we were delighted to see and talk to him in June –
There are nine other pages describing the Dawe’s twineworks and its restoration. If you hover your mouse over the ‘Twineworks’ tab above, you will find them, 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.
ART AT THE TWINEWORKS
Simon Lee Dicker, artist and co-founder of OSR Projects ran three arts projects based on Dawe’s Twineworks. See HERE
‘Jo-the-Flax-Lady’ worked 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 and photographs.
This is Simon filming all the rotating shafts and pulleys: –
It’s now two years 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, 2015 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
GRANT FUNDING IS 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)