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A Proud Heritage...

…started by one entrepreneurial textile merchant. Edmund Bell established the company to which he gave his name in 1855, passing the business on to his two sons, Henry & Clifford, when he died in 1890.

The business grew throughout the early 20th century focussing on producing fabrics for apparel wear. With export markets opening up in Persia (Iran) and Australia, a large percentage of products went abroad. At the time English textiles were regarded as the finest quality in the world, with Edmund Bell maintaining this excellent quality.

At the start of World War 2, the need arose for black out fabrics to protect against German bombers. The heavy Black Italian cloth produced by Edmund Bell was deemed ideal for this purpose, which is how Edmund Bell inadvertently entered the domestic furnishing market which would be the focus of their future.

The middle of the 20th century saw the move away from clothing and increasing focus on the soft furnishing industry. The popular products were released in different colours and styles to give functionality as well as offering stylish looks.

During the late 1980s the traditional clothing lining business stopped completely, with all efforts being put in to the development, manufacture and distribution of soft furnishing products.

Throughout the years we have worked closely with our manufacturers and finishers to develop the cutting edge processes which enable us to produce the finest quality products in the industry.

In 2005 Edmund Bell proudly celebrated its 150th anniversary by being awarded the UK’s most coveted business accolade – the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade; a fitting way to mark a century and a half of success.