The Cottage On The River In Alresford, Hampshire
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This, beautiful, little cottage holds special memories for me. It was one of the last places I visited with my parents.
The riverside walk is a delight and, straddling the River Arle or Alre, you will find the thatched timber-framed Fulling Mill, built in the 13th century. The riverside walk follows the route of the ford from which Alresford takes its name.
Fulling, or tucking, or walking ("waulking" in Scotland) is a step in woollen clothmaking, which involves the cleansing of cloth (particularly wool) to get rid of oils, dirt, and other impurities, and thickening it. The worker who does the job is a fuller, tucker or walker. Despite suggestions to the contrary, these processes are essentially identical.
From the medieval period, the fulling of cloth was often undertaken in a water mill, known as a fulling mill (also as walk mills or tuck mills).
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