Charles Early and Co
of Witney Mills, Oxfordshire.
Makers of Witney blankets.
1674 Business established by Thomas Early
1810 Birth of John Early, Junior in Witney
1829 The firm of John Early, junior, and Company were blanket makers in Witney.
1871 Employing 75 men and 67 young persons
1881 Employing 200 hands
1882 Death of John Early (junior) in Witney
1890s The business employed 400 workers.
1910 In June, the company became a private limited company.
1914 Directors: Charles William Early, J.P., James Vanner Early, James Harold Early, and Edward Cole Early.
1921 Company absorbed Edward Early and Co.
WW2 Business was making 700,000 blankets a year.
1951 Company became a public limited company.
1960 Company merged with James Marriott and Sons, another blanket-maker, to form a new company Charles Early and Marriott (Witney).
1981 The company changed its name to Early's of Witney.
Sources of Information
- London Gazette 6 November 1829
- 1871 census
- 1881 census
- National Probate Calendar