Story of Design
In August 1877, Abraham Moon lost his life in an accident and was succeeded by his son Isaac. The business continued to flourish, but in 1902 the original multi-storey mill burned to the ground. Undeterred Isaac Moon built a much larger single storey mill. There was a large pool of skilled textile workers in Guiseley and none of Moon’s workforce has far to walk as the new mill occupied a central position in the town. By this time the mill had become fully 'vertical' i.e. all processes – dyeing, blending, carding, spinning, weaving and finishing taking place on one site.
Design and pattern books which date back to the early part of the Twentieth Century tell a story in themselves. Fashion fabrics from 1900 to 1913 gradually give way to army shirting, trouserings and greatcoat cloths in 1914 which in turn are replaced by the emerging fashion of the 1920s.
Isaac Moon took the business forward until his death in 1909. In 1920 the Moon family sold their shares in the company in order to pursue other Interests.
The shares were purchased by Charles H Walsh who was both designer and mill manager at the time. Charles borrowed the sum of £33,000 to buy the business and it took him the rest of his lifetime to repay it.
Charles Walsh died in 1924 and the company then passed to his son Frank who was already in the business. Thirty years later Frank’s nephew Arthur took control and remains Chairman to this day.
The current Managing Director is John Walsh, the fourth generation of the family which succeeded the Moon dynasty.Back to previous page