Thrupp and Brimscombe

Thrupp And Brimscombe

Thrupp and Brimscombe

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Thrupp and Brimscombe () are two small linked villages situated in the narrow Frome Valley just outside Stroud, Gloucestershire in the parish of Thrupp, which also includes the hamlet of Upper and Lower Bourne, Lypiatt, Quarhouse, the Heavens and Claypits.


Phoenix iron works

Early records indicate that there was a cloth mill at Thrupp dating back as far as 1381. By 1770 the premises had expanded to include a house, four fulling mills and a gig mill.

The gig mill, which eventually became known as Thrupp Mill, was leased to Edward Ferrabee in 1793. By 1828 the entire premises were leased to the Ferrabees, and an iron works, the Phoenix Iron Works had been established. The Ferrabees became well-known for their production of cloth making machines, steam engines, agricultural machinery and water wheels.

In the 1820s Edwin Beard Budding, a machinist or ‘mechanician', was employed by Edward's son, John, at Thrupp. It was while Budding was working at Thrupp that Lewis' machine was developed to use rotary cutters, and Budding realised that this machine could be adapted for other purposes. Using gears, a revolving horizontal shaft and three blades he developed a machine to cut grass, which until then had been cut manually,...
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