Downton Lace

1800 – 1900

Downton Lace is the name given to a type of bobbin lace used for edgings and insertions that was made in the 1800s in and around Downton, a village south of Salisbury. When, by 1910, the craft was in danger of dying out, it was revived as 'The Old Downton Lace Industry'.

Despite its closure as a commercial venture in the mid 1960s it is still being taught and made by modern lace enthusiasts today. The gallery includes important displays of patterns, prickings and samples, bobbins and bolster-shaped pillows, illustrations, equipment and other memorabilia.

Downton lace-making continues to flourish and the Museum's collection attracts interest worldwide. 

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