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120 years of tweed - John Hartley Cowling Ltd
1982 Brochure.
Supplied by: Moonrakers. Scanned By Cowlingweb
 
Front Cover

Page 1

The story behind our 120 years experience

Many great enterprises start up in a small way and this was the case when in the winter of 1861/62 John Hartley, then a 25 year old apprentice
overlooker in the Yorkshire woollen industry, established a commission weaving firm with financial aid from his then employer and mentor Henry
King.

Tough going at first, but Hartley had two maxims from which he never deviated-quality and economy; and by 1873 he had carved a niche in the
market place against the formidable competition of what was then the World's greatest, indeed its only textile industry.

At that stage the firm was sufficiently solvent to purchase Acre Field, a site of, as is shown in the original deeds, 3 acres, 2 roods and 5 perches.
According to the nominal ledger of that year this land was acquired for a total cost of 2890.13s.1d., a sizeable sum in those days.

Building of what is today the Company's 40,000sq.ft. manufacturing complex began in 1880 with the completion of a three bay weaving shed, mill
engine room and boiler house, and by 1890 the factory housed no less than 300 looms specialising in the manufacture o f curtains,
drapes, furnishing fabrics, but additionally a wool/cotton suiting specifically for the growing South American market.

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From our founder to the presents

In 1911 John Hartley (Cowling) Ltd was incorporated as a limited company and Watson Hartley, son of the founder, was appointed to the Board.
Anxious to consolidate his position and import additional expertise Watson Hartley invited James Bailey, a prominent local textile technician to join
the Board. Business continued apace with the Company's foundations being strengthened by the marriage of James Bailey's son Frank to Watson
Hartley's daughter.

Despite wartime privations, under Frank Bailey the company continued to prosper, not only handling a sizeable share of the U.K. curtain market
but establishing itself as the principal employer in the village of Cowling.

In 1953 Frank Bailey's son John joined the company and subsequently the Board, becoming Managing Director in 1966, a position he still
occupies, being joined in 1970 by George Sainsbury whose many years experience in furnishing fabric design played a large part in the
consolidation of the Company's present position.

Well knowing that he must now face a totally changed business environment John Bailey committed considerable sums to capital expenditure; old
machinery was scrapped and replaced with new, and being cognizant of the changing market place the Company began to specialise in tweed
upholstery fabrics for the office and contract trade. Numerous and valuable links were forged with the country's top seating upholsterers and
manufacturers. Prestige and lucrative business followed and John Hartley (Cowling) Ltd, has now been joined by Michael Bailey, an accountant
whose several years experience were gained with one of the leading International firms of Chartered Accountants. He is the fifth generation of
the Company which now leads the market in high quality upholstery tweeds.
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John Hartley (Cowling) today

Old maxims die hard, preferably not at all, so quality and economy are the standards 6y which all our activities continue to be judged.

The factory is equipped with the very latest plant and machinery and Rapier shuttleless looms are employed throughout. these are capable of
weaving fabrics from lightweight drapes to, for example, our Grampian range -a heavy, flat-woven tweed upholstery in 100% virgin wool.

Shuttleless looms are more productive than the traditional type and currently manufacturing capacities exceed 30,000 metres per week. ln addition much has been achieved by the latest generation of textile machines in rendering the working environment both safe and ergonomically desirable.

Quality in the products we make; and economy, because our policy is to re-invest our profits and so take advantage of the very best and most
efficient manufacturing techniques.
Page 4 & 5 (Middle Double Page Spread)
 
The Latest Hartley collection - from hard wearing Oxford through soft but resilient Cumbria to the sheer luxury of our Grampian range.

A close up look at our tweeds

Office and contract seating fabrics are designed with many criteria in mind. They must be pleasant and colourful, they must exude an air of quality
at any price level, they must be safe and fire retardant, more than anything else though they must last, often in conditions far harder than those to
which domestic fabrics are subject.
For this reason all our ranges are rub tested far in excess of the specifications we lay down. Durability values quoted on our shade cards are
therefore not maxima but minima.
Flame retardancy is vital and John Hartley tweeds, either wool or blend, meet the high standards required both in the United States and the U.K.
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Whatever your requirements we have the tweed you need

The next time you're waiting in an airport lounge, relaxing in a hotel foyer, or dining on board a cruise ship, take a look at what you're sitting on:
chances are it's one of our fabrics.

Whatever the application the requirements are the same-quality, adaptability and sheer durability-and Hartley fabrics meet them.

In the boardrooms and offices of the major commercial centres of the World, in the day to day humdrum of reception and typing pool we're there.

We're there because whatever the requirement we have a cloth to suit it. Not one for which you need wait months, but a cloth in current
manufacture and in almost any colourway.

The advantages? Well they go without saying. You can specify with complete confidence in the full knowledge that your requirements will be met.
Page 7
Crendon for example, a 50/50 wool blend fabric. It is inherently flame retardant to BS5852/FR10 Standard 5 and DOE PSA specification FR3; it is
available in a total of 20 colourways - a good, durable and safe product in literally any colour you need. Or Cumbria, a rich, heavy Berber fabric; it
handles like the purest wool and yet because Cumbria is a clever blend of wool and viscose it is immensely durable, rub tested in excess of 70,000
and extremely competitively priced.

Grampian heads the John Hartley range; an all wool berber- the king of fabrics, and we're glad to say specified for quite a number of kings of
industry and commerce.
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Now you know a little bit about us let's see what we can do for you

It's strange to reflect that old established companies often believe in old fashioned business values, like quality, service and the fundamental
importance of their customers. when that sort of thinking goes hand in hand with the very latest production techniques and forward looking
management then you the customer truly have the best of both worlds.

An extravagant claim? We don't think so and we don't make it lightly because reputations that have taken 120 years to build can be destroyed in
moments by disappointed customer.

Now you know about us, please get in touch; whether your seating project is immediate or sometime in the future we can supply shade cards of
every fabric showing every colourway. We will be delighted to prepare quotations and give ad vice for any of your requirements.

For your part you will know that you're dealing with an organisation that has not only operated for 120 years but done so successfully.
Back Cover

John Hartley (Cowling) Ltd. Acre Shed, Keighley, Yorkshire
Telephone (0535) 33235 Telex 517652

 
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