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The Bolton Caddow Quilts

The caddow (or caddy) quilts are thought to have developed from quilting traditions brought over from Europe by refugees fleeing religious persecution. It has been suggested that the design of the caddows is derived from the Spanish ‘macadow’ or ‘mackado’ quilts of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origins

The caddow (or caddy) quilts are thought to have developed from quilting traditions brought over from Europe by refugees fleeing religious persecution.

Origins of Caddows

Caddow patterns

The patterns on the Bolton caddow quilts are relatively consistent, although the earlier designs tend to be more stylised.

Patterns and design

Caddow collection

Examples from the museum collection

The collection