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Folk Museum

Folk Museum

This beautifully preserved, early 16C, timber framed building was once owned by John Sandford, a wealthy merchant.

The ground floor was a shop with workrooms & storage above. It is also said to be the final lodging place of Bishop John Hooper before his execution in 1555.

In 1743 a pin factory was established in an upper floor of the building and continued for over a century. The tradition of pin making in Gloucester stretches back to 1396. By 1802, one in five people in the city were involved in the industry.

Today, the Folk Museum features many fascinating displays including a replica Victorian schoolroom, a dairy, an ironmonger’s, shoemaker’s and much more.


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