Luton Straw Boater

Contributed by BBC Three Counties Radio

Added by Ben Garner of Luton.

A tangible example of the hat making industry dating back 300-400 years. Revolves around wheat production, which was particularly strong in the Luton area.

The hat making industry grew out of a cottage industry. Women would work for six days a week making the hats from straw.

Luton was a corn market town - hence the reason why the hat making industry grew so large here.

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