Our Heritage

  • 1850

    Henry Christy returned to England from Constantinople with a sample of looped pile fabric, which was new to the Western World. His brother, Richard Christy analysed how to mechincally reproduce the loop pole and patented a machine to produce a machine to produce terry towelling on a large scale.

  • 1851

    The first terry towel was in production and in 1851 this was shown at the Great Exhibition. Her Majesty, Queen Victoria was presented with a set of these, she immediately ordered more and from then on, demand for towels was high. Christy still holds the letter received from the royal household ordering "six dozen" for the queen

  • 1852

    Christy replaced hand looms and installed power looms for the manufacture of their towels which enabled much higher quantities of production due to faster speed of production

  • 1858

    William miller Christy died in 1852 and his sons, who had been involved in the business for some time, equally shared his capital in the business between them to continue Christy as a business.

  • 1897

    A towel was created by Christy to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Links with royalty show the continued quality of the products.

  • 1920

    The Christy Mill Shop opened its door for business.

  • 1951

    Christy celebrated "The Century Achieved, 100 years of the Royal Turkish Towel. There was an exhibition and parties were held for the press and buyers who were all given a copy of the celebration booklet '100 years of the Royal Turkish Towel'.

  • 1953

    Christy produced a special towel to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II; this was presented to Her Majesty as a gift.

  • 1977

    Christy produced a towel to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth which marked the 25th anniversary of her accession to the throne. They presented this to Queen Elizabeth as a gift.

  • 1987

    Christy became the official Wimbledon Championships tennis supplier. The Wimbledon name is synonymous not only with the world class, premier tennis event but with quality, tradition and heritage. It is therefore no surprise that the relationship shared had proved to be a winning doubles partnership for over two decades.

  • 1997

    Already available from major department stores and good linen shops across the UK, Christy products are exported through our subsidiaries in USA, where we become a major supplier to Bloomingdales.

  • 2003

    Using our strong knowledge of cottons gained from our towel production we introduce our first bed linen range. The range boasts high thread counts, intricate embroidery and beautifully woven designs in a combination of classic and contemporary styling.

  • 2010

    In honour of our 160th birthday we have created a special luxury towel - Heritage Royal Turkish. The design is based on the first ever woven towels (made by us and presented to Her Majesty, Queen Victoria.) We have carefully selected a wonderful quality of cotton, grown only in Turkish Mesopotamia, a land rich in cotton growing pedigree.

  • 2012

    The first stand alone boutique style Christy store was opened in Chester in the second half of 2012. Christy also introduced a new range of bed linen for AW12 branded 'Henry Christy' to express the opulence and luxury of the brand even further

  • 2013

    Christy has updated its branding through introducing a new logo which embraces both the companies heritage roots and its modernity, there has also been a new website introduced to showcase all of the products.