Spinning wheels made in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales during the 20th century

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CROWDYS OF OXFORD, SPINNING WHEEL MAKERS

Crowdys were based in Clanfield, Oxford, where they made and sold wheels from their own showroom.

An advert in The Weavers Journal no.116 Winter 1980 reads: Spinning wheels, upright, horizontal and sloping bed. Practical and attractive designs in variety of timbers. Illustrations and list will be gladly sent on request. We also supply carders, drop spindles and skein winders (niddy-noddy). Visitors are most welcome to inspect and try wheels at our workshop and showroom (open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm).

This first picture is of a Crowdy wheel with 24" drive wheel and split table.

Crowdy spinning wheel with 24" drive wheel and split table

The following images are of a Crowdy wheel with 27" drive wheel.

Crowdy spinning wheel with 27" drive wheel

Treadle

treadle of Crowdy spinning wheel

Horseshoe shaped flyer

flyer of Crowdy spinning wheel

a feature I have not seen on other spinning wheels is the disk used for the footman connection on the back of the drive wheel in place of the usual metal crank, which you can see in the next two photographs - possibly unique to Crowdys?

Crowdy spinning wheel

A darker wood insert marks joints between sections of the drive wheel

Bobbins and lazy kate

Chair also made by Crowdys of Oxford.

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