History of George Woodall & Sons Ltd
Woodall history stretches back to 1884, when a Mr Jones worked from a cottage on Market Place in Malton, North Yorkshire making covers for canvas sided vehicles of the period. At this time farmers would come to the cottage to have their binder canvas replaced or made new. This work carried on into the early part of the 1900’s, when rope making, green proofed canvas covers and farming goods were produced by at least eight workers in what became an extended premises over three floors.
The original shop, now a grade II listed building, was extended and in 1924 the company George Woodall and Sons Limited was recorded at Companies House. Production of agricultural covers, horse and beast harnesses and sheep halters and so forth, were all made from natural materials including sisal, jute, hessian, cotton rope, linen rope and different varieties of hardwood for those binder mechanisms used to pack bales on early “automated” machines.
Woodall’s had a ropery, at the appropriately named Ropery Walk in Malton, North Yorkshire – sadly today this has gone, however much of our rope is still natural, from 24mm sisal through to manila through to cotton and special twines and strings made in the time honoured way. The range of products supplied by Woodall’s is extensive and the canvas materials have their heritage in the early period of Woodall’s at the turn of the Century.
Today, we remain proud to manufacture British goods. Please visit our online store to view our range of colourful handmade canvas bags; Duffle, Messenger, Shoulder and other useful designs. Naturally, all our bags are manufactured on site in standard or bespoke sizes, in addition we can personalise any of our bags with embroidered name or initials call us on 01653 692086.
Things you may like to know: we still manufacture covers for trailers, vehicles, boats, farming, industry, home and garden. George Woodall & Sons Ltd supplied props for the 2015 James Bond action movie Spectre and also a Harry Potter film. Oh! and red and yellow (rhubarb and custard) canopies for historic fair ground rides.
We are still a privately owned family run business who embrace Woodall’s history and are delighted to continue to manufacture here in the U.K. please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs bespoke or otherwise.