from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hall or local institution forming a center of the trade in woolen cloth, as at Leeds, Bruges, etc.; a market for the sale of woolen cloths. The cloth-halls were formerly of great importance in the trade.


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  • Stewart Morrison when he was in the mill was in it from top to bottom, from carder to spinner and weaver, from wool-sorter to cloth-hall inspector, to make sure that the manufacturing principles for which All-Wool Morrison stood were carried out to the last detail.

    All-Wool Morrison

  • Old Henry Dow, the overseer of the cloth-hall, was a Lancashire man and some of his grandchildren had risen to wealth and prominence in another part of the country, while he kept steadily on with his familiar work and authority.

    A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches

  • Where a man had a large household of children and several of these were old enough to be at work, and to put aside their wages or pay for their board; where such a man was of a thrifty and saving turn and a ruler of his household like old James Dow in the cloth-hall, he might feel sure of a comfortable hoard and be fearless of a rainy day.

    A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches

  • The Staple-Hall or Wool Staple (now called the Cour de Guise) built by letters-patent from Richard II., dated 1389, was a singular combination of palace and market, exchequer and cloth-hall; the seat alike of royalty and trade; for here our English monarchs often lodged, and within these precincts our ancestors established their seat of custom, beneath the royal eye and roof-tree.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 457 Volume 18, New Series, October 2, 1852

  • For the Victorians, it was the uncomplicated, pre-industrial, anti-urban Middle Ages that provided comfort - which is why, after all, St Pancras is built like a medieval cloth-hall and

    Evening Standard - Home

  • The cloth-market held in cloth-hall at Leeds is chiefly to be admired, as a prodigy of its kind, and perhaps not to be equalled in the v/orld.

    A tour through the island of Great Britain : divided into circuits or journies ...

  • (cloth-hall) is simply a large house, with spacious chambers, containing supplies of cloth.

    Visit to Iceland

  • "She is a good girl and she has the very nice job in the cloth-hall of the big Haxton mill.

    The Landloper

  • I inspect in the cloth-hall because I have sharp eyes and nimble fingers. "

    The Landloper


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