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J. F. and H. Roberts

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1922 - 1923.
1922 - 1923.

of 21 Portland Street, Manchester. (1914)

Ditto Address. Telephone: Manchester Central 6501. Cables: "Robertus, Manchester". (1947)

1840 Company established by J. F. Roberts.

1842 His brother H. Roberts joined the firm. The two Roberts brothers founded a company to weave and produce the finest quality fabrics available anywhere in the world.

1877 Incorporated as a limited company.

1914 Manufacturers of tailors' trimmings and linings. Specialities: tailors' trimmings and linings, woollens, dressmakers' linings, flannelettes, calicoes, etc. [1]

1920 The Dorma brand was created to offer fine quality fabrics pre-packaged and immaculate, as they left the factory straight onto the retailers' shelves. This was the first time bedding had been offered in this way.

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of "Dorma" Sheetings, Sheets, Pillowcases, Cotton, Blankets, Towels, Ginghams, Winceyettes, Flannelettes, Cords, Velveteens; "Fastosun" Furnishing Fabrics, "Azlin" Cottons, Rayon Dress Fabrics, "Spunjoy" Spuns, Corset Cloths, "Robertus" Linings, Silesias, Pocketings, Drills, Italians. (Earls Court, Ground Floor, Stand No. 57) [2]

1962 Acquired by the Amalgamated Cotton Mills Trust.[3]

Throughout its history, Dorma has led the market and changed the Nation's sleeping habits. Developments such as printed bedlinen in the 1960s and the introduction of mass produced quilt covers, radically changed bedding fashions from traditional sheets and blankets; and the invention of easy care polyester cotton, had a far reaching influence on interior styles. [4]

  • Note: (11/08)
    • The company, now called Dorma, has its own website: Click here

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Sources of Information

  1. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  2. 1947 British Industries Fair p234
  3. The Times, January 12, 1962
  4. [1] AboutUs Website