Catalogue Finding NumberWYL2139
Office record is held atLeeds, West Yorkshire Archive Service
DescriptionAccounts 1819-1996; address books 1898-1940; fabric samples books 20th century; make books 1869-1966; blending books 1883-1973; conversion tables 20th century; correspondence 1871-1973; letters patent 1883-1890; minute books 1899-1972; newspaper cuttings 19th-20th centuries; order books 1884-1967; plans 1932-1942; production books 1915-1925; receipts 1816-1939; tender books 1924-1961; wool purchase books 1901-1974; dyed wool books 1959-1972; War Department, Cloth Office and rationing records 1940s; political and religious tracts 19th century; printed material 1914-1979; Reuben Gaunt Trust papers 1921-1923; sale catalogues 1888-1918; sale particulars 1918-1924; personal papers including the papers of Charles Hainsworth 1914-1925, papers relating to Reuben Gaunt 1904-1926, papers relating to Elizabeth Hainsworth 1921, papers relating to A W Hainsworth 1875-1917, family letters 1920s-1930s, college notes 1869-1971, diaries 1874-1888, title deeds 1648-1936, wills 1664-1912; J D Johnstone records 1943-1965; Isaac Sowden and Son Ltd records 1973; John Hainsworth and Sons records 1876-1967; John Wormersley records 1956-1957; M and M Calverts records 1942-1973; Marsden Memorial Home records 1939-1973; P L Hainsworth, Army Mill records 1945-1969; Cape Mills records 1868-1885; Colbeck Brothers records 1895-1933; Serge Group records 1920-1976; Reuben Gaunt and Sons records 1908-1999; William Lupton records 1952-1958; F Dickinson and Sons records 1957-1973; Sykes and Oliver Ltd records 1914-1976; Spring Valley Mills records 1891-1902; Farsley Allotment Limited records 1925-1974.
Extent11.6/58 boxes
Access ConditionsBlending books are closed for 30 years from their creation.
AdminHistoryThe company traces its history back to 1783 when Abimelech Hainsworth, ‘Old Bim’, started his clothiers business. This was before the time of power looms so cloth would be woven on hand looms by weavers in their cottages and collected by Abimelech and transported by cart to the Leeds Coloured Cloth Hall. Slowly his business grew and by his death in 1836 he was the wealthiest man in the district with a personal estate of £12,000 (which would equate to just under £600,000 in today’s money) and two thirds of Cape Mills in Farsley. The company passed through the family over a number of generations and they saw a number of changes including industrialisation, the purchase of a new mill (Temperance Mill) in 1882 which then expanded in 1889 to include Spring Valley next door. A new mill was built in the 1950s as a result of a fire in the original building. Hainsworth has a long history of creating cloth for the military . Beginning with the bright scarlet cloth of the 19th century which then had to be adapted as warfare adapted to include Khaki Serge. However, the bright cloth is still used today for ceremonial dress. The company persevered through the great depression of the early 20th century and also survived a fire which destroyed three quarters of the mill in Dec 1955 and from this disaster they took the opportunity to rebuild and renew, moving away from traditional steam to electric power. From this point on the company went from strength the strength by a number of sound acquisitions which enabled them to introduce a wide range of new products. These included becoming specialists in the creation of snooker cloth, biscuit cloth for biscuit production conveyor belts and also piano baize. In 2008 to celebrate over 225 years in business they underwent a brand review and re-launched with a fresh new image and a firm grip on the ever changing textile industry.
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