A W Hainsworth and Sons is not only one of the oldest companies in Yorkshire but also in Great Britain. 7 generations of the Hainsworth family have been producing woollen textiles in the Farsley area since 1783.
Abimelech Hainsworth (affectionately known as Old Bim) started the business in 1783 as a cloth merchant. Today he might have been referred to as an entrepreneur since initially he was without premises, commissioning handloom weavers to produce cloth from the cottages in which they lived. The weavers also dyed the wool before spinning and weaving it. When the cloth was woven, he would collect it, load it onto his horse drawn cart and then travel to Leeds Coloured Cloth Hall where he would sell it.
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