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W. M. Christy and Sons

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1924. Christy's Towels.
August 1958.
December 1960.

W. M. Christy and Sons of Droylsden, near Manchester

1840s Henry Christy returned from Turkey with a sample of loop-pile towelling fabric. Richard Christy, his brother, created a similar cloth by machine, the "Turkish Towel" then being born.

1851 Exhibited at the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace, London.

1891 Directory: Listed as Cotton Spinners and Manufacturers. More details [1]

1891 CHRISTY W. M. & SONS, LIMITED, Fairfield Mills, Droylsden; 30,000 spindles; 710 looms, royal Turkish towels, broche and damask towels, &c. Pay day first Wednesday. [2]

2008 Christy UK Ltd, UK's largest towel manufacturer.

See Also

  • [1] Christy Towels

Sources of Information

  • [2] Manchester Archives (See under Emmott and Co. Ltd)
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5
  1. 1891 Cotton Mills in Manchester and Salford
  2. 1891 Worrall's Cotton Spinners Directory