Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,436 pages of information and 245,908 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

John Heathcoat and Co

From Graces Guide
Bobbinet lace machine on view at Tiverton Museum

of Tiverton, Devon, Lace Manufacturers

See John Heathcoat, the inventor of the first machine which ever made a piece of lace.

1808 Heathcoat, Lacy and Boden established a lace mill in Loughborough.

1815 Heathcoat started operating in a textile mill in Tiverton

1816 During the Luddite Riots against the use of machinery, the Loughborough factory was attacked and the lace machines broken up. Heathcoat moved the lace business to Tiverton. Heathcoat was joined by John Farey in the entreprise.

Many patents

c.1850 Started making their own Silk Filatures in Italy. This is the only firm who can claim to produce silk nets in all the various stages of manufacture from the cocoon to the finished article.

1948 John Heathcoat and Co (Sales) Ltd was incorporated as a subsidiary

1969 The business was still owned by family trusts; the textile interests of the company were acquired by Coats Patons who bought c.70 percent of the shares; the non-textile interests, accounting for about 13 percent of profits, remained with the existing shareholders [1].

1991 John Heathcoat and Co (Sales) Ltd was renamed as John Heathcoat and Co Ltd[2]

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Nov. 14, 1969
  2. Companies House filing
  • A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland, edited by A. W. Skempton, Mike Chrimes