The Lace Factory

Olney High Street - Heritage Trail (Version 1)

The Lace Factory

Olney, England MK46, United Kingdom

Created By: ODHS

Point of Interest Details

‘Topping out’ ceremony of the Lace Factory

The Lace Factory is the last example of a commercial attempt locally to keep the lace industry viable, in spite of the changing economic climate and the vagaries of fashion. It was built by a slightly eccentric character, one Harry Armstrong who hailed from Stoke Goldington, who employed George Knight to build him in 1928 ‘something the like of which Olney has not seen before’.

The completed Lace Factory in 1928

Here lace which which had been collected from the town and surrounding villages was packed and dispatched all around the world. Lace itself was never made in this building. Unfortunately, the venture came to an end with the death of its instigator.

Girls employed at the Lace Factory – July1931

The building was later used for several ventures, the most successful of which was the manufacture of lampshades, before being converted into flats.

Walk about another 200 metres down the street to Wilson's Hardware Store.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Olney High Street - Heritage Trail (Version 1)


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