Our family company traces its roots back to the late 18th Century when in 1783 Abimelech Hainsworth, ‘Old Bim’, started his clothiers business.
Cloth would be woven by hand loom weavers in their cottages and collected by ‘Old Bim’ who would pay the weavers and then transport the pieces by horse and cart for sale at Leeds Coloured Cloth Hall.
The tradition in the district was to produce coloured cloth, dyed in the wool before spinning and weaving. Leeds also had a White Cloth Hall for cloth that was marketed undyed.
Caroline is an 8th generation Hainsworth family member who studied Woven textile Design at Loughborough University, a natural choice bearing in mind her family heritage…
The Determined Entrepreneur
Abimelech Hainsworth was an entrepreneur and began his trading with just half a crown. Several sovereigns richer, following the sale of his first consignment of…
The year 1900 witnessed an incident that was to effect the fortunes of the family company for many years: Young Bim (Old Bims Grandson) was…
Tom Hainsworth is a great Hainsworth innovator, it is he who worked with DuPont to create the modern day outer shell fabric for Fire Fighters…
The Hainsworth family are very protective of the mill and its heritage. In 1955 the mill suffered an arson attack which gutted the building and…
A completely dedicated family man, Peter Hainsworth was a gentleman, also well known for being charming, respectful and courteous. He was often found quite literally dancing…