A Cotton Spinning Renaissance – the Story So Far

11.05.2016
English Fine Cottons

Britspun®

English Fine Cottons was ‘born’ when Culimeta-Saveguard Ltd (CSL) embarked on an ambitious project to bring cotton spinning back to the UK – its spiritual home.

The two driving forces behind the project were the strong global demand for luxury goods with the ‘Made in Britain’ stamp, and our desire to reverse the decline in the British textile industry.

We aim to enable UK designers and garment manufacturers to source home-spun superfine yarns – that are currently imported – so they can truly boast ‘Made in Britain’.

The new venture fits perfectly with our current business, spinning and processing technical fibre yarns.  We operate from two neighbouring former cotton mills in Dukinfield, a small town east of Manchester that was once at the heart of the North West textiles industry.

Last, but not least

For more than 20 years, we’ve worked from Tame Valley Mill, where we have an existing cotton ring spinning system that we inherited from the mill’s previous owners.  This system, which we updated and converted to run modern technical fibres, was actually spinning cotton right-up until 1996.  It was the last commercially operated cotton ring-spinning system in the UK.

In 2013, we acquired the mill next door to Tame Valley Mill.  We have embarked on an ambitious restoration and renovation programme that is transforming Tower Mill, which was built in 1885, into a modern, state-of-the-art textile manufacturing facility.

Once English Fine Cottons is up-and-running, it will be the sole cotton spinner in the UK – quite different from when at its peak in 1800, the UK boasted 95 per cent of the world’s spindles.