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I am reading a book set in the slums of Liverpool in the 1940's which mentions "fents" - I gather it is some sort of fabric but more than that I don't know. I've googled fents and fent without success.

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Fents... although it could be fabric. I googled and a fent is one piece of picket fence.
So in what context was it meant to be in the book.....?
 

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I lived in London in the 1940's - don't recognize "fents"; can you please give a bit more, maybe the sentence or connection to the word ? I am curious now, I really am, and really would like to know. (I a an avid reader) Winifred.
 

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joanmary1 said:
I am reading a book set in the slums of Liverpool in the 1940's which mentions "fents" - I gather it is some sort of fabric but more than that I don't know. I've googled fents and fent without success.

Thanks in advance! :sm11:
Fent | a piece of waste fabric Collins dictionary
 

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http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fent
Define fent: a slit or opening in a garment especially : a neck opening or placket. .....
a remnant of cloth; specifically : a short and often imperfect end or length of finished fabric
 

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To people not familiar with the word 'fent', it is a local term meaning remnant of fabric which, in years gone by, was measured and sold by weight.



This is from the Fent Shop in Skipton - so perhaps more widely known in northern England - I'd never heard of it before. Only known to me as 'remnants' and end 'of end of roll'. Don't we learn stuff on here? And yes it looks like a Fent in one bit of a picket fence - confusing!
 

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The mother in the book would buy fents at the market and sew them, so presumably some sort of fabric. She also sewed handkerchiefs from old torn up bed sheets to sell.

The book is an eBook "A Cuppa Tea and an Aspirin by Helen Forrester"

Maybe I'm just being too nosey!
 
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