John Pearsall and John Broom blue plaque in Kidderminster

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Mount Skipet.
At the top of these steps is Mount Skipet, the key site in the birth of the town's carpet industry. Here from c.1749 John Pearsall and John Broom based their partnership. Pearsall is regarded as the founder of the industry in 1735 when he wove the first "Kidderminster Carpet". Named after the town, the carpet was a flat reversible weave with a pattern on both sides, last woven in this town in 1932. The story goes that Broom brought the secrets of "Brussels" weaving to the town, and the first pile carpet was woven by Pearsall and Broom on Mount Skipet.
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