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Our history in healthcare and workwear - Part one: 1922-1971

Our history - celebrating AWB Textiles in healthcare and workwear sectorsIn one of our recent blogs we talked about the launch of our new website being the next step in our long history. Here, in the first of a two-part blog, we take a look back at some of the key milestones in our history as a healthcare clothing and workwear supplier.

In this part we look at 1922 to 1971.


Our humble beginnings as a hat-lining manufacturer was started by Arthur William Bent (the original AWB!).


Company bought by Dennis Cook, when we start to manufacture institutional garments for local county councils, including nursing home uniforms.


Our company is now called A W Bent (Luton) Ltd 1949 With the creation of the Health Service, we start making uniforms for nurses.


Move to Holsworthy and make nurses’ aprons, surgeons’ gowns and scrub-suits, with over 50 sewing machinists in the factory.

Some of our 60s and 70s brochures are shown below. Download our healthcare clothing and workwear brochure 2015.

The cover of an AWB Textiles healthcare clothing brochure An AWB hospital clothing brochure from the 1960s


Move to our present site in Stratton, Bude, which had previously been council flats and before that a workhouse. Pictured are photos of the Stratton building at the time, an old workhouse, alongside a pic of the then factory.

 The AWB building in Stratton, 1971

Inside the 1970s factory

In part two we will be taking a look at 1971 to the present day. 

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