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English Sewing Cotton Co

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1910. Letter to Messrs Mather and Crowther.

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.[1]

Acquired the following companies:[1]

1898 The company acquired all the preference and ordinary shares of R. F. and J. Alexander and Co, as well as a controlling interest in the American Thread Co. [2]

1912 Built the East Mill, Belper.

1948 Subsidiaries included[3]:

as well as 22 non-operating subsidiaries including Portwood Spinning Co

c.1961 Acquired McIntyre, Hogg, Marsh and Co, of London, shirtmakers[4]

1963 With the support of ICI and Courtaulds, acquired the holding company Tootal Ltd..

1964 English Sewing Cotton Co acquired Barlow and Jones of Manchester and Bolton[5]

1968 The company merged with the Calico Printers Association to form English Calico.

1973 The company became Tootal Ltd.

1982 The company became Tootal Group PLC.

1991 Tootal was acquired by the Coats Viyella Group.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Manchester Archives 1874-circa 1970 (approximately 141 boxes and 40 oversize items) Collection not catalogued in full; draft list available.
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5
  • The Times, Nov 15 1948
  1. 1.0 1.1 The Times, December 2, 1897
  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  3. The Times, Nov 15, 1948
  4. Board and General Meeting minutes, 1888-circa 1970 (9 volumes)
  5. The Times, Jul 28, 1964