The story of the Pinkham Glove Company

From humble beginnings sewing gloves in a Devon kitchen to the golden days of a family business making gloves in the heart of Britain's textile industry, supplying the Royal Family and exporting gloves around the world.

Pinkham Gloves' Founding Fathers


William Pinkham the founder of W. Pinkham & Son Ltd., at the age of twelve in 1873 became an apprentice in a chamois leather glove factory in Great Torrington in Devon. By the end of his apprenticeship he had met his wife Rebecca Fowler who had started part- time work at the age of eight at sixpence a week. At the age of twelve in 1876 she became a full-time glove machinist.


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