The growing of willow twigs in Stowmarket led to the development of basket-making; this thrived until the early 20th century. The long flexible twigs, known as osiers, were grown in beds in various parts of the town. These premises housed the building firm Seaman’s for nearly 100 years. Founded in 1912, by Octavius Seaman, the premises were acquired from a monumental and marble mason, who was first recorded on this site in 1839.
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