Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,361 pages of information and 233,518 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.
1970 Following the merger of Viyella and Carrington and Dewhurst, the resultant company was named Carrington Viyella; it was owned 64 percent by ICI who promised not to control the company and to reduce their holding to 35 percent over time
1971 The company had c.37,000 employees and needed to increase productivity; it announced plans to close 12 factories. Some subsidiaries were sold, including William Tatton, Aycliffe textiles and Cheslene and Crepes to ICI; others were acquired including Old Bleach Linen Co
1972 Acquired R. H. and S. Rogers. The chairman called for protection against cheap imports. Sold two furnishing companies to their management. Sold the steel stockholders Herbert Parkes and Nephew to McArthur and Co
1976 Invested in a new mill for spinning Terylene-cotton yarns in Atherton, Lancs
1978 Brands included:
1980 The company was in trouble, making losses, losing its new chairman, putting some factories onto short-time working and bringing in management consultants