Heathcoat Gallery

photograph of the lace factory circa 1900

John Heathcoat was a nineteenth-century inventor, industrialist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Following an attack by Luddites on his Loughborough factory, Heathcoat moved his lace making process to Tiverton. At a time when factory conditions were usually very poor, his care for his staff inspired 500 men, women and children to walk fromLoughborough to Tiverton to form the nucleus of his new workforce.  

All the royal wedding veils, since Queen Victoria to Princess Diana, have been made in Tiverton.