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The besom broom trade

One of the surprises from looking at censuses for the area was the huge number of people making besoms - witches' brooms. In 1898 there were fourteen in Three Legged Cross, making brooms of heather to sweep stables and yards with. By the 1930s this had changed to proper witches' brooms of birch, sadly mostly used to sweep gardens rather than for transport.

Many of the brooms were sold alongside the pots, travelling out of Verwood in a horse-drawn wagon. The industry seems to have disappeared during the second world war.

Read more about broom-makers and their craft.