Evidence has shown that from the early Middle Ages in medieval Britain subsistence wool production was extensive. Spinning and weaving tools were similar to those used by the Romans with fine white wools produced from sheep introduced from the Mediterranean regions alongside coarser indigenous wool breeds.  The 13th & 14th century was an era when trade in wool was the backbone and driving force in the English medieval economy.  The West Yorkshire wool trade grew as the packhorse trade routes developed, and with steep plentiful grassland hills ideal for sheep grazing along with fast flowing rivers used for power and washing combined together to produce the ideal environment for the wool industry development.  Gardiner Yarns’ manufacturing site Albert Mills was established in 1853 as steam-powered woollen mill with the first buildings that included a fireproof multi-storey mill, with dyehouse, washing and sizing room.  Continued development of the site saw warehousing added and an internal end engine boiler house. We are still proud to be manufacturing woollen yarns on the same site today, although with a little more modern machinery.