Axminster has a rich heritage

Having lived and worked in Axminster all my life, I am amazed that so many locals have not visited the Heritage Museum and don t even know where it is or what it is all about.

Having lived and worked in Axminster all my life, I am amazed that so many locals have not visited the Heritage Museum and don't even know where it is or what it is all about.

Thomas Whitty put Axminster on the map and the name of Axminster is world famous due to him and his skills - I know I am somewhat prejudiced, having worked for Axminster Carpets for more than 48 years, but, honestly; the story is a fascinating one, and one which we should all be very proud to be associated with.

I have always thought that Axminster undersells itself and we have so very much of which to be proud - Danny Jaffe and his feather factory, Axminster Power Tools, to name but two.

Do go along and have a look at the Heritage Museum in Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street - it will cost you nothing, unless you choose to buy a pen or a postcard, and it does represent our heritage in Axminster.

Michael P J Steer

Vine House, Lyme Road

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