A Spinning or Ropewalk

Image credit: Bridport Town Council

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This is a section of a mural showing two wheels with their attendant 'turners' and four women in two pairs slowly walking backwards and spinning the twine from the tow cloth tied around their waists. A canopy of 'withy' trees is overhead through which the blue sky appears and the bright colours of the women’s clothes contrast against the white boundary wall. Perhaps the most notable spinner in those days was Maria Bragg, whose raucous voice might have been heard all over the town. To aid the artist in his interpretation, a temporary spinning walk was set up at North Mills where Mr White sat at the wheel while Mrs White, the last of the Bridport hand-spinners, spun twine.

Bridport Town Hall



A Spinning or Ropewalk




oil on panel


H 90 x W 181 cm (E)

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presented by the artist, 1924–1925

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Bridport Town Hall

East Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3HA England

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