• 1880s
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    • 1881

      Collar works built

      Producing ladies' fancy collars and gentlemen's collars in linen. Own by Robert M Moody of Aldermanbury, London

  • 1920s
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    • 1922

      John Manning Van Heusen brought six machines from the USA

      John Manning Van Heusen brought six machines from the USA which could be used to produce semi-stiff collars on the curve, a process invented by his father, John Senior, using woven cotton fabric. This revolutionised the industry and made the previous uncomfortably stiff collars obsolete. The brand name Van Heusen attained international renown.

    • 1928

      The company changed

      The company become Harding, Tilton and Harley Ltd.

  • 1930s
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    • 1936

      A new wing is constructed

      A new wing fronting Queen Street and a further extension across Prices Street involved the construction of a high-level covered walkway and a brick stack. The existing brick stack is only the lower portion of the original, and the walkway was demolished in 2011

  • 1950s
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    • 1952

      Branch factories open

      The British Van Heusen Co Ltd came into being and this stimulated the opening of branch factories at Bishop's Lydeard, Bridgwater, Crewkerne and Watchet.

  • 1960s
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    • 1962

      Administration block built

      In 1962, a three-storey administration block in Victoria Street flanked by the additions to the production units was built.

  • 1970s
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    • 1971

      Collar production ended

      Collar production ended to make way for more fashionable collar-attached shirts. By this time the company had become a subsidiary of Coats Viyella.

  • 1990s
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    • 1990

      Factory ceases

      The factory ceases production entirely

    • 1992

      Premises bought

      The premises are bought by Summerfield in January of 1992.

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