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Wool dyers at work

For centuries England's predominant trade with the continent was in wool. London became a major port on the strength of its links with Antwerp, the most important continental centre of the trade and while the English occupied large swathes of France during the Hundred Years' War, Calais enjoyed a similar status. As this image illustrates, the trade encouraged the development of support industries such as wool dyeing, usually run from people's homes.

Reference: British Library Royal MS 15.E.iii, f. 269 (date: 1482)
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Wool dyers at work
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