Wool weight

Contributed by The Collection Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire

Medieval lead wool weight bearing the ancient coat of arms of England ©The Collection

Lincoln's scarlett cloth was amongst the most highly prized cloth on the Venetian market in 1265The wool trade was of immense importance to the wealth of medieval England, with the finest woollen products in Europe being produced and exported. The city of Lincoln, England's 6th largest city at the time, was a centre for this trade, with goods exported through the nearby port of Boston. Lincoln is famous for its red fabrics - the wool was extremely fine and Lincoln Scarlett was the most expensive. Florentine merchants visited England frequently and Lincoln's cloth made up half the wool exported there. The quality and quantity of the exports was second to none. At its height, the trade made Boston the principal wool port of England.

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