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J. Templeton and Co

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October 1963. Axminster.

James Templeton and Co, of Glasgow.

Carpet Mill.

1839 The business was established in a very small way in Bridgeton. The founder of the firm was the inventor of the first machine-made Axminster carpets - James Templeton had previously been in business in Paisley as a manufacturer of Paisley shawls.

By 1923 there were 3 000 workpeople.

1947 became a public Limited Company with a great great grandson of James Templeton as Chairman.

1955 One of 5 companies which founded Tufted Carpets Ltd[1] whose products were sold as Kosset Carpets[2]

1961 The company had six carpet factories in Glasgow and two spinning mills, one in Glasgow and one in Stirling. It acquired a 30-acre site at Govanhill for a large new factory.

1968 John Crossley-Carpet Trades Holdings Ltd of Halifax and the Carpet Manufacturing Co Ltd of Kidderminster bought out the interests of their other 2 partners in Tufted Carpets Ltd[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 04, 1955
  2. The Times, Apr 25, 1958
  3. The Times, Jun 27, 1968