Kemp and Hewitt was a traditional “West of England” mill located in Nailsworth, Near Stroud Gloucestershire, and run by James Sheed’s grandfather, William Lovell-Hewitt, and his family. Fully vertical, the mill was known for supplying Cheviots, Cavalry Twills, Whipcords, and Bedford cords to many of the powerful London woolen merchants.
At one point, Kemp and Hewitt was the largest producer of billiard table cloth. It also etched its place in the history books when Lovell-Hewitt pioneered the modern tennis ball in collaboration with the Avon Rubber Co., and Kemp and Hewitt became the sole supplier of this cloth for many years.
The mill closed over 30 years ago, as demand for the these heavy traditional cloths diminished. However, it still stands today, converted into residential apartments.
Though that era is no longer, the high standards of quality maintained by James’s grandfather over a half a century ago live on today with James at Kemp and Hewitt in the U.S.