Woad in the Spalding area

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Artists Carol Parker and Angela Daymond have identified a number of former woad-growing sites in the district.

One of these is at Algarkirk, where Mr Nussey grew around 200 acres, though Woad Lane at Long Sutton is understood to have been named after the local industry.

The artists say all growers would have had their own mills to process the plants, either temporary or permanent structures, though dyeing would have been carried out elsewhere in the country.

Woad leaves had to be milled before they could be turned into balls, which is why Moulton Mill was such a good fit as a partner for the project.

The ultimate ambition is that woad will be grown by a local farmer and processed at the mill if woad stones can be installed.

In the meantime, visitors can see the permanent woad exhibition on the mill’s third floor and the two artists plan to give a talk there at the end of November (date to be confirmed).

There are woad artefacts in Spalding Gentlemen’s Society Museum which can be visited on open days and by advance arrangement.