Hilltop History – Bob Kelley On Shaftesbury’s Button-Making Business

Shaftesbury historian Bob Kelley takes us back to the 17th century and the start of Abraham Case’s button industry.

It would become a major source of locals’ income. “He had noticed the changing fashions and believed there was a future in buttoning. As a former squaddie, he had also seen how soldiers in Europe replaced buttons on the uniforms by twisting a piece of fabric over a form and fastening it with thread,” says Bob.