Was part of the lives of countless rural Devon households until the wool trade declined in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

In early medieval times spinning was done by hand using a spindle. However, during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries it experienced a technological leap forward as the spinning wheel spread across Europe. It involved a spindle mounted onto a frame which was connected to a wheel. This wheel was turned by hand by the spinner. Only in the 1500s did the more familiar spinning wheel and foot treadle become widespread.

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