Tone Works (Fox Brothers & Co.), nr Wellington, Somerset
The Tone Works Mill in Wellington, Somerset was one of two sites in the area and was part of the woolen manufacturing ’empire’ of Fox Brothers & Co. now reinvented and relocated in the town of Wellington itself.
The factory is an incredible sight, and is “a near complete example of a 19th century cloth dyeing and finishing works”. Ideally, someone really needs to save these amazing machines before the weather, or worse, vandals/metal thieves have their “way” with them! How they’ve lasted this long is astonishing!
As we emerged in to the main manufacturing area of Tone Works, our mouths just dropped in awe. With a little imagination, you can envisage all these machines working, workmen pushing the vintage trolleys full of fabric around the factory, perhaps even with a pipe in their mouth!
Not much remains that ties this mill with Fox Brothers & Co. I couldn’t find any documentation or signage with their name on and the small office was extremely water damaged except for a lovely assortment of dated fabric samples, the oldest I could find labelled 1970.
Fox Brothers & Co. was established circa 1772, and created woolen garments for the military among others. Hopefully Tone Works will get the attention it needs from a trust or English Heritage. It’d be a shame for it all to just rot…