Did you know? – part 6

Did you know…. that the Tillstone family’s sail and ropemaking business during the 18th century stretched their ropes from West Street up to, and through Ropewalk. During their manufacture the ropes were stretched, twisted and tarred from the winding house and winches, up to the top of the Ropewalk where there were similar winches or capstans – for anyone working there or walking by the shouts of the workers, the creak of the winches, ringing signal bells and the pervading smell of tar must have left a strong impression on the senses.
(see http://www.shorehambysea.com/1400-2/ )