Z Hinchliffe & Sons Ltd was founded in 1766, engaging in various trades including farming, cloth making and coal mining. It wasn’t until 1860 when Zaccheus Hinchliffe made the decision to begin worsted and woollen spinning, choosing a site next to the river Dearne and nearby railway in the then hamlet of Denby Dale. This site is still our headquarters today.
Early in 1980 the worsted spinning ceased and all efforts were put into expanding the woollen spinning production.
Since trading began the business has stayed in the family, handed down from generation to generation. Succeeding Zaccheus was John, James, Thomas and Harold Hinchliffe who were joined by cousins Arthur Wilby and Herbert Dewhirst. Then followed John Hinchliffe and George Wilby. Today George is joined by John’s sons Robert and James Hinchliffe, as well as his own son Graham.
This succession has enabled valuable experience and knowledge to be passed down through the generations to create a superior product.
Hinchliffe´s are a key supplier to the world famous Scottish knitwear industries of quality yarns. Many of Westaway´s own label products, and indeed other specialist suppliers that we stock use this yarn in producing some of the finest knitwear in the world.