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Pattern Book

20th Century

Textile pattern book from Rose Bank Mill, the Turnbull and Stockdale factory in Ramsbottom, near Bury. It consists of 5, paper-backed volumes, approx A4 sized, of textile designs in the form of small black & white photographs alongside text. 

The business partnership between Turnbull and Stockdale had been formed in 1882. Having soon outgrown their first mills in Bury and Stacksteads they came to Ramsbottom and again expanded throughout the 20th century.

From the start, Turnbull & Stockdale aimed to produce high quality fabrics and employed Lewis F. Day, one of the finest Arts and Crafts designers of the time, as design director. 

Turnbull & Stockdale’s fabrics won prizes at international exhibitions in Europe and the United States.  By the time of its 50th anniversary, the company employed 750 people and was able to do the full range of fabric processes, from weaving to bleaching and dyeing, and from designing to printing.

The company still produces hand-blocked fabrics for top-end companies on both sides of the Atlantic, while bringing to the North West region the latest developments in digital printing.