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Report - Fox Brothers Tonedale Mill - Somerset - June 2021


CookieRaider

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History:

The company was officially founded by Thomas Fox in Wellington 1772, after taking over the family business from his father, Edward. At this time, it is believed that the company employed up to 450 people in and around the area.

During the Industrial Revolution in the early 19th century, the company brought the entire production process in house. With the wool sorting, spinning, drying and weaving processes all under one roof, the Fox family were able to exert more control over quality and increase production. Not only was the total production housed on the one site, but ancillary crafts also took place at the mill. These included basket weaving; to produce the baskets used for holding wool and yarns, joineries; for the wooden requirements of the site, book binding; to produce record and accounts books as well as metal forges and workshops, to produce and maintain the machinery.

At its peak the company employed approximately 5,000 people and owned and operated nine mills and factories in Somerset, Devon, Galashiels and Oxfordshire.

The Fox family had their own legal tender from 1787 until 1921; Lloyds bank in Wellington is to this day known as the Fox Branch.

From the late 19th century into the 20th century, production became increasingly focused on fabrics for the British military. During the Boer War, Fox Brothers developed the new serge drape mixture know as 'khaki', which eventually led to the demise of the British Army's traditional 'redcoats'. During the First World War, Fox Brothers completed the largest ever, single order for textiles: 852 miles of cloth supplied to the Ministry of Defence. This was used to make 'the puttee' - spiral leg puttees were used by the military as a part of the regular soldier uniform.

The Explore:

Explored with @mookster during our trip down to the area. I have no idea why I haven't made the journey down here since I started exploring in 2011! Unfortunately we couldn't find any access to the nearby dye works. I really enjoyed seeing the engine house, probably one of the best sights I've seen with my own eyes in a while.






































More images on my Flickr here: Here




 

mookster

grumpy sod
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Properly nice this place. Was very surprised to see work going on at the Dye House, maybe they're finally going to do something with it.
 

Seffy

Bally up!
Regular User
Love it here! Your photos are excellent. No angry man in a car by the gate, was there?

Access is there to the dye works, but it's rather convoluted and awkward :p
 

CookieRaider

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28DL Full Member
Love it here! Your photos are excellent. No angry man in a car by the gate, was there?

Access is there to the dye works, but it's rather convoluted and awkward :p
Thank you! Might have to make a trip back then if that’s the case!
 

mookster

grumpy sod
Regular User
Love it here! Your photos are excellent. No angry man in a car by the gate, was there?

Access is there to the dye works, but it's rather convoluted and awkward :p
No sign of anyone there at all, other than some friendly dog walkers and dogs in the field next to it!
 

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