Friday, 7 March 2014

Fox Flannel Archive - fabric manufactured during WW1

The Fox Archive from Fox Brothers & Co Ltd

The Fox archive, recognised as ‘the most significant textile company archive in the British Isles’ by the County Heritage Officer in 2010, includes over 400 volumes containing business documents and samples dating back to the company’s first year of trading.

This note in the archive is a document detailing the materials supplied by Fox Brothers during WW1 (1914-1918). A scan of the original document detailing the order is available for you to view on this page and shows that Fox Brothers supplied a total of over 8,000 miles of cloth to the British and Allied governments, using 10,000 tons or 900 trucks of wool.

..... I gasp to think of what it took to produce this amount of cloth - noisy machines and the huge workforce of women doing war work. 

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