2006 Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire
Issued as part of Royal Mail's 'British Journey' set.
Carding Mill Valley is a National Trust protected area in the Shropshire Hills, off the Long Mynd, near Church Stretton.
Historically the town was known for its textiles, using the abundant local wool, and a notable location for this industry was Carding Mill Valley. The carding mill there was built in the 18th century, and named after a stage in making cloth, the three stages being carding, spinning and weaving. Carding would have been done by children, and involved using a hand-card that removed and untangled short fibres from the mass of raw material.
The carding mill closed and was demolished at the beginning of the 20th century. The valley it is in took the name "Carding Mill Valley", and is now a tourist attraction and well-known starting location for walkers (being at the heart of the Long Mynd range).
The car park was at one time an open-air swimming pool. A sign indicating water depth still stands in its original position.
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