A textile fragment

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A textile fragment

Although it is known from inventories that the richer Tudor and Stuart households in English towns were well-supplied with wall-hangings, they very rarely survive. This fragment was found at 41-2 High Street (Laura Ashley's) because a board had been nailed over it, preserving it when the rest of the hanging was discarded.

The fragment was examined in the 1980s by staff at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, who concluded that it was made in the late 17th century at the factory established under royal patronage at Elboeuf near Rouen in northern France; it is at present undergoing fresh research.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum Exeter Archaeology