Are there any towels, facecloths and tea towels still made in the UK? Made in Britain Towels and Tea Towels

I am trying to find a flannel (facecloth, wash cloth) that is made in England and it is proving much harder than I expected.  Are there any flannels or towels still made in England or elsewhere in the UK that you know of please? Is anyone actually weaving, dyeing and finishing towels in the UK now? Sadly it seems to me that there are no longer any towel weaving mills left in the UK.

UK made tea towels are readily available and I would strongly encourage that you buy these British made tea towels in preference to foreign made ones. I list some British tea towels sellers and makers here.

Towels wise though, I can find nothing really.

Chortex make no mention of a UK factory on their website and they confirmed to me (on 31st March 2014) that their towels are no longer manufactured in the UK.

Christy towels are now made in India.

A vintage Christy Made in England floor towel (label detail). Sadly Christy have now moved all production abroad. Photograph by author.

A vintage Christy Made in England floor towel (label detail). Sadly Christy have now moved all production abroad. Photograph by author.

Ashtons were another well known towel maker, with 2 cotton mills in England. Taken over by Courtaulds in 1968 the company now appear to have closed.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK lable detail (front of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (front of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (rear of label). Photograph by author.

A vintage Ashtons Zorbit Princess pure cotton hand towel. Made in the UK. Label detail (rear of label). Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer used to sell very good quality English made towels. A very few made in the UK items are for sale in Marks and Spencer these days, although that said Marks and Spencer food halls still have lots of great British made foods to choose from. Sadly, since Marks and Spencer decided in 1999 to move all their manufacturing to suppliers abroad, resulting in near devastation amongst British manufacturers particularly in the clothing industry, there are no UK made towels in M&S and few other UK made goods.

A vintage St Michael by Marks and Spencer Made in the UK cotton extra large blue bath sheet (towel). This is a very large towel indeed. Photograph by author 8 September 2017. Label detail.

A vintage St Michael by Marks and Spencer Made in the UK cotton extra large pink bath sheet (towel). Photograph by author 8 September 2017. Label detail.

Tonder and Tonder have a English made soap bar that comes with a facecloth.  At the top of their website it says “made in England”.  The facecloth too?  I’m afraid not as in fact all Tonder and Tonder towels are made in Turkey.  So, despite it saying made in England on their home page and at the top of every page on their website, not everything at Tonder and Tonder is made in England!  However, some of their products are UK made, including their Bedlinen, Ceramics, and Tablelinen. http://www.tonderandtonder.co.uk/product-category/accessories/facecloths/

With Nature Skincare make these muslin face cloths in the UK – http://www.withnatureskincare.co.uk/epages/f5rjwmzwkkar.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/f5rjwmzwkkar/Categories/Facecare/Muslin_Face_Cloths These are also available on Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/WithNature-Skincare-Gentle-Muslin-Cloths/dp/B007JKY2XK

Bamboo Textiles Ltd make bath towels, bath sheets, baby towels, flannels (facecloths), baby robes, wash mits, gym towels, and make-up removal towels in the UK; as well as bed linen and baby bed linen. Many of their products are made in the UK (made in the UK products are labelled as such on their website; other foreign made products do not state county of origin) – http://www.bamboo-textiles.co.uk

Bareskin Beauty say their Bamboo Bath Sheet is made in England. I do not know about the country of origin of their other products but I could not see any indication they were British made from their website – https://www.bareskin-beauty.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=54

Mine! London sell a nice range of off-the-shelf or bespoke small fleece blankets, cotton towels, cotton face clothes (flannels), cotton baby bibs, and fleece scarves. All the items they sell are labelled on their website as being British made. No information about the method or place of production is given. Items are described as hand-made. Their website features the Made in Britain logo – http://www.minelondon.com

Lancashire Textiles in Burnley seem to suggest on their website that all their Pillows, Mattress Protectors, Mattress Toppers, Towels, Home Accessories, Cushions, Pet Bedding, Bed Linens & Baby Bedding are UK made. I have emailed them to check this is the case (I’ve had no response though!) but I suspect it is only their bedding that is made in the UK and not their towels. Items made in Great Britain are clearly flagged with the Made in Britain logo; other products are foreign made. UK made products from Lancashire Textiles include some of their duvets, pillows, shaped pillows (such as v-shaped pillows), anti-allergy pillows, pillow protectors, some mattress protectors, a limited amount of their bedding, the Cavenagh of London ties they sell, some cushions, some cushion inners, some support cushions, their seat pads, some pet bedding, and their bean bags. Look for the Made in Britain logo on the Lancashire Textiles website; they a good range of Britain made products and they have their own mill in Lancashire. Products are available directly from their website  – http://www.lancashire-textiles.co.uk

Jane Hamerton towels are personalised in England, but the actual towels themselves are foreign made – http://janehamerton.com

Fired Earth

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, front of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, front of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, rear of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

An old Fired Earth floor made in England floor towel, rear of label detail. Photograph by author. Sadly this company no longer have their towels made in the UK.

Stamford Cuemakers Cue Towels are made in England from 100% cotton according to their website. Available on their website and also on eBay. Cue towels are for snooker / pool and are ideal for wiping down your cue when it gets a bit sticky and might be good for the gym too. Their cues and cue cases are also made in England – http://www.stamfordcuemakers.com

Lancashire Towel Co Ltd (aka the East Lancashire Towel Company) clearly label some of their products on their website as British made and it says on their website that they have (it should say had actually) their own mill. The mill is shown on their website as being in Barrowford Lancashire, whereas their address is given as Nelson, Lancashire.  According to wikipedia the mill in Barrowford Lancashire is now closed and production has been moved abroad. Stocks are limited and this is because these are old stock being sold off after the factory closure in 2009, as the company has told me. They made towels including bathroom towels, kitchen hand towels, in linen / cotton, and cotton, plus roller towel holders but these days production is sadly in Turkey – http://www.towelcompany.co.uk

Bags of love sell towels that you can have printed with photo but I doubt if the towels themselves are made in the UK. Just printed in the UK.

The Gaddum Group (Gaddum & Gaddum) produce at least some beauty uniforms (their Tempus range) in-house in England and otherwise they add logos to imported clothing and import silks from China. Their towels and robes are foreign made as far as I can gather from their website. Gaddum and Gaddum have a factory in Leek, Staffordshire and manufacture clothing there for others, for example Hugget ladies jackets are made by Gaddum and Gaddum in England – http://www.thegaddumgroup.co.uk

Bard and Brazier towel rails are made in England – http://www.bardbrazier.com

Rutland Radiators heated towel rails are British made – http://www.rutland-radiators.co.uk/bespoke_heated_towel_rails.html

The Beach Towel Clip‘ by JDM Designs Ltd is a polypropylene beach accessory that simply pushes into the sand to stop your beach towel blowing away and is British made. The beach towel clips are manufactured at Form mould & tooling in Haverhill Suffolk UK. The beach towel clips are manufactured 100% in the Suffolk, UK. The cartons are manufactured in Glossop, UK, The assembly and distribution of the beach towel clips is done in the North West of England. On their twitter its says “The official account for http://www.thebeachtowelclip.com the multi award winning 100% UK designed & manufactured beach accessory that stops your towel blowing away.” – http://www.thebeachtowelclip.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Are there any towels, facecloths and tea towels still made in the UK? Made in Britain Towels and Tea Towels

  1. Will Hall

    The Lancashire Towel Company produce towels and facecloths in Nelson, their website clearly indicates the products they produce at their mill.

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  2. Will Hall

    Further to my last posting, and despite the previous responses from Lancashire Towels, there are no facecloths produced in Britain and indeed only a few remnants of their British woven towels remain available. Another company I have now removed from buying list.

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    1. ukmade Post author

      Thank you for your comments. Sadly the East Lancashire Towel Company’s factory closed in 2009. The British made towels on their website are stock remnants. The company are now just an importer of foreign made towels.

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    1. ukmade Post author

      Hi. Thanks for your comment. Good find. Information on the net about this company seems limited but they do say these are made in the UK, so fab – I’ll add them. Thanks.

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      1. Dorian Root

        i found some uk made towels (possibly)
        withnature skincare muslin face cloth
        minelondon face cloths and towels
        majestic towels about us page
        hatton textiles microfibre towels

  3. Dorian Root

    Majestic towels which says “As Britain’s largest manufacturer and distributor of hairdressing towels we have a reputation to maintain.”- https://www.majestictowels.co.uk/about-us
    google microfibre towels as i did and found hatton textiles-“one of the leading Towel manufacturers in the UK,”-http://www.hattontextiles.co.uk/towels/microfibre-towels-and-robes/

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  4. ukmade Post author

    Hi. Sorry for being so slow to respond. Thank you for your comments. With Nature face clothes I mention above. I’ll have a look at MineLondon, Majestic Towels and Hatton Textiles and reply again. Fingers crossed!

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  5. ukmade Post author

    The Mine London website does not work. On the Google summary it says “Beautiful blankets, cotton towels & face cloths crafted by hand in Britain” and “Our 100% cotton towels are hand made in England for superior …” Their twitter says “One of a kind, personalised blankets and towels for kids of all ages. Bold and beautiful designs. Lovingly crafted by hand in England.” Their twitter account was last active in November 2014. If anyone can find their telephone number it might be worth a call but I suggest this company has probably gone. I’ll look the others later. Cheers. https://www.minelondon.com https://twitter.com/minelondon

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  6. ukmade Post author

    The Majestic towels website does not work properly on Safari, but it does work on Firefox. Founded in 1975 Majestic Towels say on the front page of their website that “Majestic manufacture and supply an extensive range of quality products to more than satisfy the demands of the health and beauty industry” and that they are “Britain’s largest manufacturer and distributor of hairdressing towels”. Elsewhere they also say “Majestic are the largest manufacturer and supplier of memory foam products in the UK”. No country of origin information is given for individual products. I have written to them to ask if they make any of their products in the UK, but I think not.

    https://www.majestictowels.co.uk/

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  7. ukmade Post author

    Hatton Textiles produce their products abroad. On their Facebook its says they have “offices in the UK and Turkey” and that they have “exclusive agreements with factories and mills on the European Continent”. No mention of any UK factories, so I am afraid their products are all foreign made. Shame.

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