Thursday, 12 May 2022

Fine Decor Wallcoverings, Cheshire

One from December 2020 recently released for public consumption.


The company was established in 1911 by George F. Jackson as the Holmes Chapel Wall Paper Company, the factory was purposely built for the manufacturing of wallcoverings. George. F. Jackson, was not only a very gifted designer, but had a great colour-sense, which was and is still a pillar of strength to the factory. The Holmes Chapel factory was acquired by The Wall Paper Manufacturers Ltd. in 1915, G. F. Jackson and J. T. Walker joining the directorate.

By the early 1950's the Wall Paper Manufacturers Ltd. became more synonymous with the brand Crown Wallcoverings and became Crown Wallcoverings, Holmes Chapel Branch. In 1965, publishing house Reed International purchased the WPM, and by 1971 they brought Crown Paints and Crown Wallcoverings under the same management.

In the late 1980's Reed international sold their decorative holdings in order to focus on publishing, and on Christmas Eve 1989 became Fine Decor Ltd. In 2000 the business was acquired by Brewster Wallcoverings, a 5th generation family business run out of Boston, USA.

One of the original turbines is now used to power Markham Grange Steam Museum, Doncaster.


Esoteric Eric

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