Huddersfield Fine Worsteds – Kirkheaton Mills

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Huddersfield Fine Worsted

A TEXTILE mill which once produced some of the world’s most expensive cloth has reached the end of the road.

The Kirkheaton premises of Huddersfield Fine Worsted are being levelled to make way for redevelopment.

The extensive site has been fenced off and work is under way to clear office buildings and weaving sheds.

Huddersfield Fine Worsteds stopped manufacturing at Kirkheaton Mills after going into administration in August, 2004.

The company employed 140 people at the time and exported cloth to countries including the USA, Italy and Japan.

A sales and marketing operation continues to operate as HFW Huddersfield from offices on Albert Street, Lockwood.

The demolition is being carried out by Encia Demolition, of Leigh, Lancashire, for Bradford-based Hartley Property Management.

Huddersfield Fine Worsteds was a leading maker of cloth for business suits and country wear as well as the famous Balmoral tartan.

It supplied fashion houses such as Gucci, Versace and Prada, as well as bespoke tailors in London’s Savile Row.

24 November 2008