Journey

As a successful family business, we’ve been crafting our skills for over 150 years.

We are proud of our long and illustrious textile manufacturing heritage, and the knowledge and experience that comes with this.

We have worked with airlines for around 40 years, understanding our customers’ needs, and the levels of comfort and enjoyment that enhance the in-flight experience.

You can see how our history unfolds around some of the key events in the history of aviation and the aviation industry.

John Horsfall History
Aviation History

Cool Timeline

1863

1863

john horsfall company founders
Company established 1863 by John Horsfall and James Clay in Luddenden Foot, Halifax.forest
1903

1903

west vale mill
Bought West Vale Mill and became John Horsfall & Sons Ltd.forest
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1903

first aeroplane flight
First aeroplane flight (Orville Wright).desert
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1914

First passenger aeroplane service in USA – lasted four months (St Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line).desert
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1924

First round-the-world aeroplane flight.desert
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1919

First nonstop transatlantic aeroplane flight (John Alcock and Arthur Whitten-Brown).desert
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1939-45

world war 2 fabrics
War work – workers given special dispensation to work in the mill. Good quality blankets were essential to the war effort. John Horsfall also made ‘Fearnaught’ – heavy wool cloth that was fire proof and used to line ammunition boxes.forest
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1952

First jetliner passenger service started between London and Johannesburg.desert
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1978

John Horsfall sold its first airline blankets – to British Airways, Kuwait Airways and Malaysian Airlines.forest
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1969

british concorde 1969
First Concorde passenger flight.desert
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1994

Boeing 777’s first flight.desert
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1993

First Queens Award for Export 1993. Further awards were won in 1998 and 1999.forest
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2000

concorde in-flight blanket
John Horsfall produced fine lambswool blankets for British Airways Concorde, until the aircraft retired from flight in 2003.forest
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1997

Peter Horsfall Benson became the current Managing Director (5th generation of the Horsfall family).forest
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2005

John Horsfall China office established.forest
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2004

Beginning of offshore production in India and China, enabling the company to diversify to a larger range of products including duvets, pillow and table linens.forest
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2014

john horsfall head office birkby grange
After 118 years at West Vale Works, the Head Office relocates to its current home: Birkby Grange, Huddersfield.forest
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2007

Airbus A380 Super Jumbo’s first passenger flight.desert
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2017

Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s first flight.desert

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