1795 - 1972 Significant Dates


The Bowmer Bond story began in 1795 when William Bond began his tape manufacturing business in Morrey, Staffordshire.

Garden Party 1897

The Mill, employees and their families taken at a garden party held on the lawn at Alrewas House on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

In 1844, the business relocated to Alrewas. In 1865, Morton Bond (son of William) bought the Hanging Bridge site near Ashbourne. The Company was known as M Bond & Co. at this time. In 1866, the business established itself at the newly built mill which was initially named ‘Alrewas Mill’ to commemorate the move from the village. The site was later renamed ‘Hanging Bridge Mills’ after the nearby bridge over the River Dove which runs alongside the building and its grounds.

Hanging Bridge site near Ashbourne

Aerial photo of Hanging Bridge Mills site taken in the 1950s.

J Bowmer & Sons

Hanging Bridge Football Team circa 1900 – George Morton Bond to the left in the Boater hat

In 1972, John Bowmer & Sons, also a tape manufacturer based in Wirksworth, bought M Bond & Co. This acquisition secured the future for M Bond & Co and was the perfect opportunity for J Bowmer & Sons to enter new markets, increase turnover and acquire more production space.

The two companies merged and began trading under the name of Bowmer Bond. This created the foundation upon which the modern business operates today.

Our long history and rich heritage provide over 200 years' experience, expertise and knowledge of the Narrow Fabrics industry. Contact us for further information on +44 (0)1335 342244 or via our web contact form.

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