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English: Sunday textile market on the sidewalks of Karachi, Pakistan. Français : Marché au tissus du dimanche sur les trottoirs de Karachi, au Pakistan. Canon EOS Digital Rebel / 18-55mm Canon lens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and there was plenty of space for all the invaders to settle. Fighting clearly took place at times, and there were some major pitched battles, particularly when Alfred was king of Wessex between 871 and 899. But for most of the population there were long spells of peace and even stability. This was inevitable — the farming methods used at the time could not feed large permanent armies, and fighting was therefore strictly rationed.
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What then, was the fate of the textile trades during this long time?  overseas merchants, and the larger villages made enough cloth to find work for specialist dyers, fullers and croppers.
The departure of the Romans did not make an overwhelming difference to the textile workers. There were fewer wealthy customers, which affected the linen producers more than others, but the withdrawal of troops and officials was spread over a long period and allowed time for new customers to be found. Some Romans stayed in Britain, and the use of linen by the native population
had also grown. As for the woollen manufacturers, they were hardly affected at all by the Romans going. Exports continued, but the bulk of the cloth made in Britain had always been used in the country, and people still had to be clothed. This reliance on a market for woollen cloth within Britain was to be a permanent feature of the industry, and to stand it in good stead when trade
was difficult.
Linen was also being exported by the fourth century, though the quantities
involved were only a fraction of the wool trade.
The Romans began to withdraw their troops from Britain in the fourth century AD, and the last left in 410. It is clear that at that time linen was being woven in many parts of Britain for sale to Roman officials and merchants. Perhaps British tribal chiefs, and their families even more, were also beginning to prefer linen to wool — certainly those who liked to imitate Roman ways did so.
The production of linen, however, was on a small scale compared to the output of woollen cloth. This was made in every town and village, almost by every family, throughout Britain. Most families had to be self-supporting in cloth as with growing food, and could not afford to buy it from anyone else. Some villages deliberately produced a surplus for sale to wealthier customers
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