The Growth of Haberdashery and Textile Houses: An Introduction into the early years.

The city of London was the main focus area for the Textile Distributing Houses responsible for the surge in haberdashery and textile products as we know them today. From the middle of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century these houses occupied a substantial part of the city of London spanning from Basinghall Street and King Street in the east to St.Paul’s Churchyard and Aldergate Street in the west and from Chiswell Street in the north to Cannon Street in the south.

One such company responsible in the early 1800’s for the introduction of countless haberdashery items and a trend setter of textiles and trimmings and founded in 1819 by William Williams was W. Williams, originally a ladies dress trimming manufacturer based in Bethnal Green. In 1825 the business continued to grow and under the guidance of Mr Leslie Williams, the son of the founder of the company, the company moved premises to Hackney.

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