Fox Brothers

Every fabric we purchase from Fox Brothers is entirely woven in England and guaranteed the best in its class. 

Fox Brothers will be the most historical fabric mill we partner with, dating back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. With the largest archive of fabric design dating back to 1772, if we have to make anything in flannels, our first choice is Fox Brothers.

History

The origins of our Wellington woolen business are believed to have begun with John Were of Pinksmoor Mill during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. In 1772, the young Thomas Fox established a partnership with his Grandfather, Thomas, in his serge (cloth) making company located at Trade Court, South Street, Wellington. Thomas Fox later decided to study languages and the woolen trade abroad, and on his return, the company was transformed from a small cottage industry into one of the most successful family-owned cloth manufacturers. The Fox family subsequently operated the mill for the next seven generations.

Fox Brothers employed around 5,000 individuals during peak production periods in the early 20th century. An apprentice program was established to train enthusiastic workers, and a large maintenance department was established to oversee the operation of the machinery. By this point, Fox Brothers also had subsidiary factories at Cullompton, Culmstock, Uffculme, Wiveliscombe, Weston-Super-Mare, and the William Bliss mill at Chipping Norton.