ROMNEY WOOL TOPS
100% British Romney Wool tops from sheep reared at Rye Street Farm, Kent.
29.5 micron, natural undyed with a high, shiny lustre and soft handle. Hand sorted, washed and carded exclusively in Yorkshire for Romney Tweed.
This superior, 100% traceable tops is ideal for spinning and felting.
HISTORY OF ROMNEY TWEED
It all began with the sheep…
‘In the year 697, King Wihtred of Kent gave to the monastery at Lyminge pasture for 300 sheep in Romney Marsh’.
From early medieval times, Romney wool played a significant part in the English woollen industry, which was the most important export commodity to Europe in the Middle Ages. It subsequently became a major source for the Broadcloth industry of Wealden Kent. By the end of the 19th century, Romney sheep had been exported all over the world. The Romney Sheep Breeders Society’s Register of Exports is witness to the old saying that ‘The Sun never sets on a Romney’.
Romney Tweed CIC was set up in 2014. Research supported by expertise from within the Yorkshire woollen industry showed that Romney wool, traditionally used in carpets and blankets, could also be used to make fine worsted cloth. A collection of Romney Tweed designs was marketed in Savile Row and elsewhere in 2015 by a national cloth merchant. In 2018 Romney Tweed moved into premises of its own at Old Romney which are used for design, weaving courses, and sales. In 2019 two designers who had taken part in a Romney Tweed project at Central St Martins in 2014 produced designs rooted in the Kent landscape for Royal St George’s Golf Club. Later in 2019, a new collection based on the Marsh coastline was produced and a Fashion Challenge project with local schools was set up. In 2020 Romney Tweed is launching online sales of cloth and products for the first time.