Beautiful Dalton is one of the more intrinsic parts of Huddersfield, this village was home to a large proportion of the original mill workers.
Without these skilled artisans the seven mills in its vicinity would not have acclaimed their greatness.
The workers of this village created the spirit and heritage of centuries of weaving in Huddersfield and throughout the ages created the elegant cloths worn by true gentleman the world over.
This collection of wonderful cloths is a tribute to them and their contributions to our modern world.
There are a number of reasons why the woollen industry became established in this area, most notably the herbage was only suitable for the grazing of sheep and appeared to give the fleece a finer, silkier texture.
There was an abundant supply of water. This was used for driving the early machines used in the production of cloth and also provided for the fulling and dyeing processes.
The water was soft, i.e. it percolated through the peaty moorland which instilled a subtle acid in it. This acid was used as a solvent in the washing and dyeing processes. After the introduction of steam power the area was ideally situated adjacent to rich coal seams.