ONE hundred and fifty years ago Lymm was dominated by the trade of Fustian cutting that employed over 700 including children as young as seven.
Fustian cutting was an arduous and repetitive job that involved long hours yet still left many families in abject poverty. The reminders of that trade can still be seen in the village today with just a few of the original thirty workshops remaining at Church Road, Arley Grove, The Star Inn and West Hyde.
A new exhibition at Lymm Heritage Centre, due to open at Easter, aims to tell the stories of how the village and the lives of thousands were changed by the cutting trade.
There will be many people living in Lymm today whose ancestors were fustian cutters and the Centre is keen to hear from them with their connections. These will go into a book as part of the exhibition.
You can share any information you may be able to offer by going to lymmhic.co.uk/fustiancutting or if you would prefer you can call 01925-754080.
It could be just a name, in which case the Centre team can help you find exactly when and where they lived and worked.