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  1. Hello,
    I am currently in the process of writing a novel, part of which is concerned with the development of the linen industry in the Waringstown area during the late Seventeenth and early Eighteenth Centuries.
    I spoke to Deborah White in the Lisburn Linen Museum and she informed me that the tablecloth that now resides in the museum in Winchester may well have been woven in the John Houlden house which is situated on your estate.
    I was wondering if you could give me any information on this as I would like to include it as part of the story.

    Many thanks

    1. Sorry about the delay in replying; I found it while deleting a deluge of spam.
      I have a great deal of information about the nascent linen industry and the Holden family going back directly to 1650’s and indirectly a decade or so earlier. William Waring developed the Co. Down cottage industry but it was his son Samuel that introduced Damask and the true industrialization of linen. He later went on to be instrumental in the setting up of the Linen Board.

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