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Dalton Barton

Dalton, Barton & Co Ltd.

Dalton Barton & Co was a textile manufacturing company founded near Coventry on the 16th of January 1852. The name Dalton and Barton corresponded with that of its two founding weavers: Robert Arnold Dalton and George Samuel Barton. Robert Dalton was born in 1825, the son of a plumber and glazier, but at the age of 14 he started a 7-year apprenticeship with William and John Sargent, who were ribbon makers in Coventry. In 1847 he became a ribbon manufacturer. Later in life he was elected an alderman and mayor of the city. Little is known of George Barton, only that he was a year younger than Robert Dalton. It wasn’t until 29th May 1872 that the company became a limited company. Dalton Barton & Co Ltd had an incorporated number of 6313, meaning that there were only 6312 incorporated companies before it so it was one of the first few. The company flourished and extended its range from ribbon making to [...]

Dalton Barton

Dalton Barton World War II Letter

The Wyedean Weaving Company established itself in Haworth in 1964 as a manufacturer of narrow fabrics, braid and uniform accoutrement. The business originated in Coventry around 1850 and was previously known as Dalton, Barton and Co Ltd. During WWII, the main factory in Coventry was completely destroyed during the Blitz in 1941. The company’s East End London warehouse and store in Jewin Street London were also later destroyed. For this reason the company possesses no artefacts or records dating from before the Blitz, nor evidence of this difficult time in the Company’s history…that is until recently when the letter shown below came to light from one of Dalton Barton’s war-time customers. Gary Smith is the current owner of fourth-generation upholsterers JE Smith and Son, and he tracked Wyedean down when he found the letter from Dalton, Barton hidden away in the company’s workshop. Gary’s grandfather purchased webbing from Dalton, Barton during the war and his company manufactured sewing bags for gas [...]

Wyedean Weaving Golden jubilee

Wyedean Celebrates Its Golden Jubilee

The 7th of April 2014 was a momentous day for Wyedean as it celebrated its Golden Jubilee. With 50 years of manufacturing in Haworth since 1964 this was a proud achievement for the Wright family and employees of Wyedean. Wyedean opened its doors to employees old and new, local dignitaries, friends and family. The day was spent looking back and reminiscing to see how the mill and its work has changed over time. In 1995, the company employed over 150 staff with what was a very labour-intensive industry, today 21 staff work at Wyedean with very different roles to previous years. Over the years, Wyedean’s product range has also evolved from solely manufacturing tapes, braids and laces, to manufacturing all kind of uniforms and accessories, such as badges, epaulettes, ship plaques and additional unique ceremonial items. Other events included tours of the mill, speeches and demonstrations, with a light lunch in between. Presentations took place to commemorate those who have achieved [...]