Reference number
  • L/021
  • Collection
  • Accumulation: 1936-1973
Extent and medium
  • Two boxes.
  • ┆Fifty-seven samples of knitted fabric. Some are partial vests, sleeves or socks, others are squares of fabric arranged into books and labelled with the knitting machine model on which they were made. They are in several fabric types including wool, cotton, Crimplene, Agilon, Banlon, Orlon, Helanca and Kirklon. There are also different patterns and stitches and a variety of colours.
Administrative history
  • ┆Gompert Stibbe first established a hosiery machine import business in Glasgow before moving to Leicester in 1888. Their factory was on Mill Lane, on the site now occupied by De Montfort University's Campus Centre. An additional warehouse was opened on Newarke Street in 1906. By the 1930s G Stibbe & Co were designing and manufacturing their own knitting machinery, exporting worldwide. However, changing fashions and industrial decline led the company to close in 1975. The fabrics in this collection were saved by Stibbe's former Technical Director Roger Duffey (1920-2010). Duffey attended the School of Textiles at Leicester College of Technology and worked for Stibbe from 1936 to 1973.
Access status
  • Open
Conditions governing access
  • Open and available for access.
Conditions governing reproduction
  • Copies may be made for research purposes only.
Language/scripts of material
  • English
Finding aids
  • There is a listing by the Leicestershire Industrial History Society. A scan of the list is attached to this catalogue record.
System of arrangement
  • The samples were arranged and listed by the Leicestershire Industrial History Society (numbered 50-107) and this order has been maintained.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
  • David Pearce of Leicestershire Industrial History Society.
Related units of description
  • Reports, press cuttings, brochures, photographs and other materials relating to Stibbe are held at the Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, references DE7927 and DE1648.
Publication notes
  • See article "G Stibbe and Co" by David Pearce in the Spring 2018 (Vol 5, No 1) issue of the Leicestershire Industrial History Society newsletter. A copy is available in the Special Collections reading room.
Archivist's note
  • Fonds level description by Katharine Short, archivist.
Date(s) of descriptions
  • June 2019