Dawe’s Twineworks

CRST shipWelcome to Dawe’s Twineworks and the Coker Rope & Sail Trust

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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.

LATEST NEWS – We celebrate a summer of progress

23rd August - A Big Thank You

23rd August – A Big Thank You

our 'new' Shanks engine running well

our ‘new’ Shanks engine running well


 After months of work, 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. And on August 14th, we drove the lineshaft with the long belt. See video HERE



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 The old rotten posts along the edge have now been replaced by new oak, and the scaffolding has gone.



The staff and children of West Coker Primary School raised money to buy a post, so we invited them ALL to come and sign it!




Simon Lee Dicker, artist and co-founder of OSR Projects has the go-ahead to run arts projects based on Dawe’s Twineworks. See HERE
Here he is filming all the rotating shafts and pulleys P1050852a


We have a cylindrical climbing wall!

We have a cylindrical climbing wall!

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

Is it a bird?

Is it a bird?




The twisting heads spin. Neil oils them

The twisting heads spin. Neil oils them

We are all very saddened that Neil Evans died on New Year’s Day 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.”

Other pages to see:

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

And remember that the Ropewalk is open to all on the 4th Saturday of each month."I want two small people replacing ridge tiles, and will the rest of you cut oak posts please"

“I want two small people replacing ridge tiles, and will the rest of you cut oak posts please”
(West Coker Brownies visit June 2013)








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(Thanks to Jim Lefeuvre for photos taken during the Brownies visit)

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