Huddersfield is unique in its topography, her cool climate, humid
conditions and abundant natural resources all added to the ancestral
equation that made todays modern cloth industry possible.
S100s Sports Jacketing (Formally Aimbry)
For over a thousand years, the hills around Huddersfield have been the
home to cottage spinners and weavers. The oldest known settlement in
Huddersfield was in Almondbury, one of our larger villages some 2 miles
from the modern main town, (Originally however it was known by its pagan
name of Aimbry).
The original settlers in Aimbry can be traced back to AD75 with the
Romans. The most probable reason being the Roman troops were slowly
making their way through the country solidifying their new Imperial rule.
Throughout all ages, clothing and textiles have been pivotally important in
evolutionary history of Huddersfield and is directly reflected by the local
materials available i.e. Wool & Natural Soft Water.
Textiles, defined as felt or spun fibres made into yarn and subsequently
netted, looped, knit or woven to make fabrics, appeared as a main source
of trade in Huddersfield in the Middle ages. From ancient times to the
present day, methods of textile production have continually evolved, and
today we still hold the enviable title of the world best suiting cloth.
Old London Town Classics (Formally New Mill)
One of England’s most beautiful cities – steeped in history and legends. An
apt name for this exclusive collection of suitings.
London’s textiles reputation was built on Huddersfield’s prosperity in terms
of the textiles industry and her fine woollen worsteds which are still sent to
customers all over the world. The boom created by the textile industry
provided a rich legacy of fine Victorian buildings such as the railway station
and major landmarks.
Generations of experience and skills combined with our knowledge of
technology and fabric give us the ability to develop exquisite cloths to suit
our client’s individual tastes. Only the very best wools are good enough to
carry our name.
Constant improvement through research and design is another
Huddersfield Textiles strengths. This involves sourcing only the very best to
maintain our exclusivity, quality and presence.
English Country Tweeds & Twills (Formally Magdale)
The most beautiful of back water villages you could ever imagine and home
to one of Huddersfield’s many natural spring water systems.
Ancient craftsmen settled here as Huddersfield has a natural union of
landscape, geology and climate that is totally unique worldwide. These
distinctive conditions create an ideal micro climate that is vital in creation of
Our waters are created high up in the Pennine hills, where prevailing
southwest winds off the Atlantic carry moisture-laden clouds onto the our
The resulting 50-plus inches of annual rainfall saturates the surrounding
landscape, permeating through the geological fundamentals of local
gritstone and shale.
By the time our water reaches the valley floor it has been filtered and
softened through layer upon layer of stone, creating pure, clean, consistent,
soft water. In juxtaposition our valley’s combination of cool climate and high
relative humidity, is a fabric finisher’s dream.
English Luxury S130s Cashmere (Formally Marsden)
Truly the epicentre of original mills in Huddersfield, this unique village was
home to no less than 5 mills in its hay-day. But what is more it was also the
passageway to the North.
The Standedge Tunnel, this most inspiring feature of Victorian architecture
is the longest, deepest and highest canal tunnel in Britain. It is 5,500 yards
(5029 m) long and 638 feet (194 m) underground at the deepest point
under the south Pennines. The Tunnel was predominantly built to services
the textile trade in this village by giving access to the rest of the countries
By the beginning of the 19th Century Marsden was entering into a period of
prosperity not seen before or since. Textile Mills sprang up all around the
village and the demand for labour was so great that folks were brought up
from London to work for 13 hours a day at the machinery. Eventually the
many smaller mills were superseded by five major enterprises.
Enoch Taylor and his brother James set up an iron works in the village
which was to produce the machinery that sparked the Luddite revolt in
West Yorkshire and led to the murder of a local mill owner in 1812. Enoch
Taylor’s grave can still be seen in the old churchyard.
So if you’ve ever been called a Luddite – you now know where the name
S130s Fancies Collection (Formally Dalton)
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.
English Classical Milled Cloths (Formally Folly Hall)
Today’s Modern cloth companies would probably not have come to pass if
it were not for this little known area of Huddersfield. As the cloth
industryand town itself developed it became necessary to provide a more
adequate water supply and in 1743, it was decreed that the first waterworks
for the town should be developed and a suitable location should be sort.
The River Colne offered an accessible and copious supply and on the left
bank of the river at Folly Hall a pumping engine, worked by a waterwheel,
was installed, hence the name of Engine Bridge.
From here the water was conveyed in wooden pipes to a storage reservoir.
From this reservoir water was distributed for domestic and trade purposes.
These waterworks not only supplied the needs of the day, but contributed
further to the fast and dominating development of the local textile industry.
There was an increase in the number of mills along the river banks, making
use of the water-power and at the same time a tendency of the people to
move to the lower parts of the valley to be nearer their work.
The abundant supply of water, coupled with the rich adjacent coal
provisions provided ample resources for use in driving the early machines
used in the production of cloth and also provided for the fulling and dyeing