From the archives: Celebrating Halloween through brush and broom making

Woodland craftsman Andrew Basham works to complete the next batch of traditional besoms or birch bro

Woodland craftsman Andrew Basham works to complete the next batch of traditional besoms or birch brooms before the Halloween rush in October 1995. The besoms were hand made using birch from Buxton Heath, lime bark binding and chestnut or hanzel handles. Mr Basham expected to sell over 300 in a season.

Brush and broom making are the archive theme this week.

At this time of year, the humble broom, or besom, is an indispensable accessory to Halloween witches everywhere and we've delved into the EDP library to bring you the best photos

• If you recognise anyone in the pictures or would like to tell us more about them you can email rosemary.dixon@archant.co.uk

• To get a copy of one of our old photographs, visit www.edp24.co.uk/buyaphoto or telephone Diane Townsend Mon-Fri on 01603 772449. The photos will be available on the website from Monday afternoon.


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