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Fabric from Queen's 1953 Coronation on show in Essex
By Oliver Rogers
BBC Essex


Queensway fabric made in Braintree

Fabric used at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and some of the velvet used in her robes will be on display during half-term week.

The Warner Textile Archive in Braintree is holding an open day on Thursday, 18 February as part of the BBC's 'A History of the World' project.

The museum is housed in the former factory of Warner and Sons, weavers of silk and other fabrics in the town.

Opened in 1895, the building now houses an important textile collection.

Warner and Sons had produced fabrics for Royal occasions prior to the 1953 Coronation of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

Queensway fabric
Queensway fabric will be on display at the Warner Textile Archive in Braintree

Queensway fabric was used on the alter and balconies in Wesminster Abbey during the ceremony.

The design by Robert Gooden depicts the different parts of the British Isles, a shamrock for Ireland, a leek for Wales, a rose for England and a thistle for Scotland.

Also produced at the factory in Silks Way, Braintree, were velvet for the Queen's Coronation robes.

The legacy of the company lives on in Braintree, with the Alec Hunter Humanities College being named after a fabric designer who worked at the mill.

Queensway fabric is one of the 10 objects from Essex in the 'A History of the World' project being run by the BBC, in partnership with the British Museum and local museums.

The museum will be open on Thursday, 18 February between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

BBC Essex's Dave Monk will be also be at Warner Mill on Thursday, 18 February from lunchtime.

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