In 2013/4 the memories of 18 people who have been involved in Cullompton’s cloth and clothing story were told in 11 interviews. Together these reveal the importance of cloth and clothing production in the town in the 20th century; and also how some small clothing businesses flourish in the town today. Recordings were carried out by Judy Morris, Christina Brand, Penny Bayer and John Burgess. Graham Sessions read the written account by Daniel Sellwood.
“My sisters were skilled lip readers as the noise of the looms was so loud you couldn’t hear anyone speak. There was a huge camaraderie amongst these girls at Fox’s – the Milfords, Wrights, Rowlands, Kath Morgan. They were skilled cloth workers and fine women”.
Marian Dummett whose sisters worked at Fox Brothers, Cullompton
Was a weaver at Fox Brothers, Cullompton. His mother mended nets at Heathcoats, Cullompton.
Was an invisible mender at Fox Brothers Cullompton.
Worked at Sellwood’s Tannery as a foreman of the Land Yard.
Recalls the processes at his family’s tannery business.
Worked for Glenis Clothing before running her own business, with partners, TK clothing, Cullompton.
Is a young Cullompton fashion designer selling online through her company Abide Clothing.
Les Farrant & Steve Coffey
Were both weavers at Fox Brother, Cullompton.
Worked at Culm Leather, her four sisters worked at Fox Brothers, Cullompton.