Plaited newspaper

This is one of the stranger artefacts in Market Lavington Museum.

It is made from four strips of newspaper, neatly plaited together.

Fortunately, its donor gave us some information about it. It dates from 1885 and was used by members of the Gye family of Market Lavington as stiffening in clothes.

2 Responses to “Plaited newspaper”

  1. clivebennett796 Says:

    We also used to use plaited ‘logs’ of newspaper when laying the coal fires ready for the morning.

  2. marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

    Thank you, Clive. We knew of twisting newspaper into spills for fire lighting, but that wasn’t in Wiltshire.

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