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Taylor & Lodge History
Reputations do not come about by chance. The fame Taylor & Lodge enjoys is built on over a century of experience and a deep appreciation for the methods and skills that go towards producing a superior product.The company has occupied its Rashcliffe Mills factory in Huddersfield, on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, since its founding in 1883.
1889 - Cloth finishing plant installed.
1945 - Mill converted from steam to electric power.
1966 - Queen’s Award to Industry. First fine worsted manufacturer to receive this award.
1968 - The wool, which was sailed single-handedly, 14,000 miles from Australia, via Cape Horn, to England in Sir Francis Chichester’s ‘Gypsy Moth IV’, was woven into cloth by Taylor and Lodge for the Duke of Edinburgh, Prime Minister Harold Wilson, the Lord Mayor of London and the Australian High Commissioner Sir Alexander Downer.
1977 - Installation of high speed Dornier Rapier looms.
1980 - Change of ownership and participation in first international textile exhibition, Interstoff in Frankfurt, Germany.
1981 - Pioneering and introduction of revolutionary washable finish applied to all wool cloths for the Middle Eastern market, enabling Dishdashas to be machine washed without shrinking. We weave cloth for the then most expensive ready to wear suit, tailored by D’Avenza in Italy for exclusive distribution through Gieves and Hawkes of Savile Row, London.
1983 - Our centenary year. We weave a Dishdasha cloth for his Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Bahrain. We are the first Huddersfield fine worsted mill to exhibit at Premiere Vision in Paris. One of our designs is chosen as the best, in the International Executive Category, sponsored by Barclays Bank at the Dorchester Hotel in London.
1986 - We purchase an Uster Delta Drawing-In machine from Switzerland. It is the first of it’s kind to operate in the UK.
1995 - We purchase 3 computerised sample weaving machines making our pattern production department the most modern in the country.
2004 - Change of ownership. We become a member of the Bulmer and Lumb Group.
2007 - We produce specially, a super 200s fabric using 13.5 microns wool to commemorate Australian Wool Innovations’ celebration of the arrival in England, 200 years ago, of the first bale of Australian wool brought by the Reverend Samuel Marsden in 1887. We install a Karl Mayer Gir-o-matic high speed, short run, warping machine with quality and efficiency in mind.