Yearly Archives - 2015

Supporting A Healthier Environment

On Saturday 14th November 2015 a team of volunteers from Wyedean gave their time to take part in a local tree planting session at Mould Grieve Farm, Marsh Oxenhope. The project is one of many organised by the Forest of Bradford organisation who have now planted over half a million trees locally. In spite of very wet weather and muddy conditions, a 180m section of hedgerow was planted comprising approximately 900 saplings. Species planted included Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Hazel, Guelder Rose, Field Maple, Crab apple and Rowan. As well as capturing carbon from the atmosphere, hedgerows are an invaluable habitat which support insects, birds and mammals and often provide links between other otherwise isolated pockets of wildlife. Forest of Bradford will be holding many more planting days over the winter and Wyedean staff are keen to take part again. Fingers crossed for better weather though! Wyedean is an environmentally friendly company and holds ISO 14001 certification.

Iconic Police Helmet

West Yorkshire Police Say Goodbye To The Iconic Police Hat

With over 5,000 police officers, West Yorkshire has one of the largest police forces in England and it’s in this county that the traditional police helmet has stood the test of time for over 150 years. But the Metropolitan Police is a modern, progressive and forward-thinking organisation and after being perhaps the most recognisable and iconic part of a policeman’s uniform for so long, it’s out with the old and in with the new, as the traditional Victorian-style hard-hat has finally been retired to be replaced with a more practical, light-weight peak cap. More appropriate and functional for a modern police force, the new peak cap is particularly striking thanks to the black and white diced-check lace that wraps around the cap above the peak. A lace that is made in-house here at Wyedean and sold in a variety of colours and styles. Click here to view our selection of diced-check cap bands. The original helmet, however, remains a proud symbol [...]


Where Did The Aiguillette Come From?

Aiguillette is an old French word for needle or tag, and refers to the metal tag at the end of the cords. Its origin is the same as shoe laces: both originate in the medieval period for tying clothes, shoes and armour. They are most commonly braided from gold or silver wire and feature pointed metal tips. Aiguillettes come in many different styles, ranging from the gold-wire cord aiguillettes worn by Equerries and Aides de Camp to the Monarch, to simpler corded aiguillettes worn by lower ranks and bandsmen in full dress. With the pristine detailing of the braids, aiguillettes are one of the more desirable features of a Full Officer Dress Uniform. In the 17th Century buff leather coats were worn as armour. With these being up to 5mm thick, buttons were impracticable, so leather or cord ‘points’ were used to fasten the coat. The sleeves of the coat were also made of buff leather and laced to the [...]

Tower of London

Remembrance Sunday 2015

This year Remembrance Sunday takes place on November 8th. Remembrance Day honours heroic efforts and sacrifices that were made in past wars. This day is also referred to as Poppy Day or Armistice Day. It usually occurs on the second Sunday in November, but many people also observe a moment of silence at 11am on November 11th, which is the time and date when hostilities formally ended after more than four years of battle during World War I. Why the poppy? Poppies are worn as a symbol of respect and tribute on Remembrance Sunday. Scarlet corn poppies naturally grow in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century brought destruction and transformed the bare land into fields of blood-red poppies, growing amongst the bodies of fallen soldiers. In 1914, World War One stormed through Europe and ripped open the fields of Northern France and Flanders. The poppy was one of the only plants to grow [...]

Soldiers being awarded the Military Medal

The Military Medal Ribbon

The Military Medal (MM), created by King George V in March 1916, was a way to acknowledge the acts of bravery in war which were not considered worthy enough to receive a Distinguished Conduct Medal.  Warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men on the recommendation of a Commander in Chief in the field were awarded this medal. During WWI, 108 members of the Royal Newfound Regiment received the Military Medal. A silver bar was also given out to eight of these recipients which signified subsequent acts of bravery. The Military Medal is shown below feturing a picture of the sovereign. In the First World War this medal depicted a bare-headed King George V in a Field Marshall’s uniform. The reverse of the medal reads “For Bravery in the Field”, circled by a laurel wreath with the Royal Cypher and Imperial Crown on top. The medal is displayed on a dark blue ribbon with red and white stripes. It is this medal ribbon [...]

Private Parts

The Newest Addition to Team Wyedean

Wyedean is hugely proud to unveil the newest addition to its team, Private Parts. Designed and put together by local Haworth sculptor Craig Dyson, Private Parts is a sculpture of a Coldstream Guard soldier standing to attention, made from old, obsolete loom parts and stands proudly in Wyedean’s car park guarding the entrance to the building. Wyedean ran an internal competition to name this fantastic sculpture with the winning entry of Private Parts coming from distributions manager, Kevin Lester. Other notable suggestions included Woody, Parky and Trigger, but Private Parts was the unanimous winner. Robin Wright, managing director of Wyedean said that: “Craig did a brilliant job making Private Parts and it was the perfect way to re-use our old loom parts, some of which were over a hundred years old, in a way which ensured they continue to be a part of Wyedean’s future and not just its past.” If you ever come to visit Wyedean be sure to take a [...]

Queen Elizabeth II Becomes Longest-Reigning Monarch

Later today, on the 9th of September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning monarch in British history. The record for longest reigning monarch was previously held by Queen Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. With an institution as old as the monarchy, this is another striking measure to add to the other memorable features of her reign. The Queen will have reigned for 63 years and 7 months; which equates to 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30mins at about 17:30 BST. Elizabeth has served the Commonwealth through the Cold War, the Space Age and the Internet Age. At her 21st birthday broadcast, Princess Elizabeth promised that “my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service”. Business will be postponed by half an hour in the House of Commons to allow MPs to pay tribute to the Queen which will be led by Prime Minister David Cameron. There will also be a River Thames procession between [...]

Our Story

Wyedean Weaving: Our Story

Wyedean Weaving was formally founded on 7 April, 1964, by David Wright. Before starting his own business, David’s first job after leaving school was an apprentice textile designer at Bridgehouse mill. Little did he know that 34 years later he would go onto purchase the very same building. At the age of 18, and at the outbreak of the Second World War, David volunteered for the Royal Navy, specifically The Fleet Air Arm. After pilot training in Canada he became a commissioned Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve fighter pilot and served with the now legendary Catapult Aircraft Merchant ships. Wyedean was established in 1964 as a manufacturer of braid and uniform accoutrement. Previously the business was known as Dalton Barton. David joined the company in 1959 and he was chosen to introduce new blood to the company, to take a hard look at the firm and to move the business away from Coventry as it was proving increasingly difficult to compete [...]

Armed Forces Day 2015

On Saturday 27th June, Armed Forces Day was celebrated up and down the country for men and women who served, both past and present in the armed forces. Events during the day ranged from grand parades to community events in local areas, with attendance from both the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his Royal Highness the Duke of York. The Prime Minister joined the celebration in Guildford where he said “Today we celebrate our brave servicemen and women who work so hard to keep our country safe”. Alongside the Prime Minister’s appearance, a parade of more than 900 Service personnel, veterans and cadets marched through the historic heart of Guildford. During the afternoon celebrations, Stoke Park displayed the Royal Air Force GR4 Tornado flypast. Visitors also enjoyed seeing displays from a Sea King search and rescue team. A Spitfire and a Hurricane, from the RAF Battle of Britain memorial Flight, were also seen flying overhead, along with the Swordfish biplane [...]

Harry Potter

Movies Featuring Wyedean Manufacturing

While traditionally specialising in ceremonial regalia, it is Wyedean’s versatility and adaptability that has seen it branch out and succeed in other fields, reaching as far out as Hollywood. Superstar Tom Cruise wore Wyedean’s custom-made sashes in the film The Last Samurai. In fact Wyedean’s accessories have been worn by many other top Hollywood actors as film companies regularly request Wyedean’s with unique wardrobe requirements. John Cleese wears Wyedean-produced items in the first two Harry Potter films where he plays Nearly Headless Nick. Brad Pitt is also seen wearing items from Wyedean in Fury. Wyedean was called upon to provide many hundreds of metres of bandages for The Mummy and it created the sashes, epaulettes and cords used on the uniforms in Gulliver’s Travels. Other films Wyedean items can be found in include Master and Commander, Saving Private Ryan, The Man in the Iron Mask, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Band of Brothers, The Four Feathers, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Sky Captain and the [...]