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Chapmans of Trowbridge

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of Cradle Bridge Mills, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Telephone: Trowbridge 91

1871 Hedley Chapman founded a mattress factory in Trowbridge, when he began to manufacture straw palliases at the very reasonable price of 3s 6d (17½p) a pair. He was a firm believer in quality and value for money and, as a result, the company went from strength to strength.

In the early 1900s, as mass produced mattresses became more sophisticated, so did the process by which they were made and a programme of modernisation was introduced which ensured that the company was always at the forefront of technology.

1930s When the world woke up to the interior sprung mattress in 1930s, Chapmans was right there with new plant and machinery that was to make the company's name.

Years later the name was changed to Airsprung to reflect the new designs.

1947 British Industries Fair Advert for the "Airsprung" Mattress. Manufacturers of Luxury Inner Sprung Mattresses. Sprung Upholstered Divans. Hair, Wool and Fibre Mattresses. Down and Feather Pillows. Wood Bedsteads. Metal Frame Spiral and Diamond Mattresses and all Bedstead Fittings. (Furniture Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 666) [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 316; and p58
  • [1] Mattress Giant Website