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Hard working textiles for hardworking environments

We are one of the UK's leading textile and soft-furnishing distributors and suppliers, servicing a wide range of business sectors such as Fire Services, Care homes, Education, Ministry of Defence and many more.

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Schools, Colleges, Universities, Public Buildings, Retail Stores, Facility Management Companies.

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Healthcare & Social Housing

Care Homes, Nursing Homes, Sheltered and Council Housing Associations

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Armed Forces, Prisons and Prison Services, Justice Accommodation

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Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services

Fire Services, Rescue Services, Humanitarian Aid

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A Rich Heritage in Hospitality Textiles…

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Helmshore mills are a collection of two mills built on the River Ogden in Helmshore, Lancashire. They date back to 1789 when the first mill was built for William Turner. The second mill, Whitaker Mill, was built in the 1820’s by the Turner family, textile manufacturers from the Blackburn area.

The Turner family had background in the textile industry prior to the mills being built. Out of the six Turner brothers, half of them made a living from wool and half from cotton. In 1857 a considerably amount of Whitaker’s Mill was destroyed in a fire, only to be rebuilt shortly after. It remained in operation as a working mill until 1978, still being under the ownership of L Whitaker & Sons.

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