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Gloucester Folk Museum

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Gloucester Folk Museum and the Mechanisation of the Pin Industry by Nigel Cox

The buildings now occupied by the Gloucester Folk Museum are one of the City’s oldest surviving and most important industrial sites and were, from 1743 to 1853, the pin manufactory of Cowcher, Kirby, Beard and Tovey. The firm were early experimenters in the 1820s in the use of automatic pin making machinery.

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The Folk Museum in Westgate Street