Marton Mills History

Our Timeline



On 10th December our Company began life on Marton Street in Skipton manufacturing Single and Double Jersey Knitwear. It continued in this way for the next 46 years.


The Company was taken over by Bodycote International Plc group which also included the companies of William Denby Dyers and Finishers, Valdown Knitting Company, Supercraft and the weaving companies of the Taylor & Hartley Group.


The knitting trade was badly affected by the recession in the early 1970’s which lead to the Mill closing its manufacturing base in 1977. The decision was made at this time to change from knitting to weaving, initially using commission weavers in the local area.


The industry was still struggling and the Bodycote Group of textile companies were given a year to reduce the overall Company size.


In April Duncan Watts and his family purchased the Marton Mills business in a Management Buy Out.


Marton Mills set up their own production plant at Tong Park, Baildon with four second hand Sulzer Weaving Machines. The mill was weaving 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, primarily supplying the Schoolwear market.




The mill purchased a new VTA warping machine to enable us to increase warping capacity. This same machine is still being used today!


The lease at Tong Park expired and the company moved premises to its current home at Pool Mill, in Pool in Wharfedale.


Richard Watts joined the company to work alongside his father.


A Karl Mayer sample warping machine was purchased to give the company greater flexibility in warping and facilitated a move into the Scottish Kilt market to give us an alternative market to schoolwear giving a greater all year business.


Laura Watts became MD and Duncan became Chairman


Started our weekly service delivering kilt lengths to Scotland.


Thanks to funding from the European growth fund four new Dornier looms were purchased taking the total number of looms up to 20.


Marton Mills exhibited at Premiere Vision for the first time.


We now produce over 20,000 metres of cloth every week which is dispatched worldwide.