Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Bridgwater Druids Friendly Society silk banner rescued from oblivion!

Those of you who are interested in Bridgwater's history may be interested in these photos of the wonderful silk banner of the Bridgwater Independent Druids' Friendly Society-made by George Tutill in East London in about 1890-which has been rescued from a local loft and is now in the care of Bridgwater Town Council at the Town Hall with a real chance it can be displayed for local people to see, if some basic conservation work can be completed.

 Friendly Societies-still existing today-were in some ways the 18th and 19th century precursors of trade unions and looked after working-class people with sick out of work and funeral benefits.

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