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Sewing cotton manufacturers, of Manchester. The English Sewing Cotton Co. Makers of Dewhurst's Sewing Cotton.
1789 The company was established by Thomas Dewhurst in Skipton, Yorkshire when he bought a building in which to spin cotton
1828 The Belle Vue Mill was built as a woollen mill.
1869 John Dewhurst and Sons manufactured sewing cotton and cotton yarn for spinning.
1888 The company became a limited company and employed 1,000 people.
1897 The company was registered as a public company on 16 July, to take over fourteen businesses involved in all types of cotton, the name becoming the English Sewing Cotton Co. Algernon Dewhurst was chairman of this business.
Acquired the following companies:
1912 Built the East Mill, Belper.
1948 Subsidiaries included:
as well as 22 non-operating subsidiaries including Portwood Spinning Co
1973 The company became Tootal Ltd.
1982 The company became Tootal Group PLC.
1991 Tootal was acquired by the Coats Viyella Group.