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It became very prosperous from the 12th century when weavers from Flanders arrived in the area. They had been encouraged to settle in Norfolk by King Edward III of England who had married a Flemish princess.
"Walsham" cloth was light and for summer use, whereas "Worstead" was a heavier cloth. It is still referred to as worsted - the original name of the town.
The last weaver, John Cubitt , died in 1882 at the age of 91.
Weaving and spinning demonstrations are part of the annual Worstead Festival on the last weekend in July.
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