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Feathers, Filters and Cigars – Neil Wright Talk

November 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


In the 19th century Boston had many small and medium-sized industries, few of which survive today.   Fisher Clark’s label factory (under other names) and Fogarty’s feather purifying both became large businesses and survived until recent times.   Although labels were a new invention, the feather industry had a long history in this area.   The development of water filters by a local entrepreneur had an international market and the business only left Boston when it merged with a London-based firm.   You can often still see Cheavins filters in the kitchens of stately homes open to the public.   Tobacco manufacture also became a significant industry, here as elsewhere, after the Government imposed tariffs to discourage the purchase of imported tobacco products, and in Boston that industry lasted until the 1920s.   This talk will look at these local industries, not only those of recent memory, but also some of those which disappeared much earlier.

You are welcome to explore Boston Guildhall Museum before or after the talk should you wish during our normal opening hours, 10:30am – 3:30pm, last admission to the museum 3pm.  Free entry.

Tickets are £5 per person payable on admission and include a complimentary tea or coffee or arrival.  Seats to be taken from 12:30pm in readiness for the talk at 1pm.



November 16, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Boston Guildhall
01205 365954
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Boston Guildhall
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Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6HT United Kingdom
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01205 365954
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