The Alston household has been concerned with furnishings for over two centuries. Way back to 1776 there have been Alstons repairing furnishings of their Chelsea workshop.

The current household’s direct ancestors began the enterprise that turned the Alstons Furnishings enterprise we all know as we speak in Sudbury, Suffolk. William Alston (1839-1919) and his brother Ambrose (1834 – 1902) have been each grasp cupboard makers through the center of the 19th century. William Alston later turned a furnishings vendor as properly, promoting from premises in 95 North Road, Sudbury. The Alstons Furnishings enterprise prospered and moved to 9 Previous Market Place, Sudbury in 1875 Each of William Alston’s sons, Hammond and Percy labored within the enterprise and collectively they then created one of many first all electrical workshops.

The premises at Previous Market Place turned a retail furnishings store as properly, with further workshops. One in every of which was to ultimately type the beginnings of the Alstons Furnishings Upholstery operation a lot afterward. In 1921 Percy Alston’s son Leslie began an apprenticeship together with his father after which accomplished this at Fisher Commerce Woodworking in London’s East Finish.

In 1937 Leslie began his personal manufacturing enterprise at a redundant coconut matting manufacturing unit in Lengthy Melford. The enterprise was arrange with a £6,000 financial institution mortgage. Leslie’s brother Roy joined him there to assist run the brand new enterprise. The corporate later adopted the commerce mark Albro as an abbreviation of Alston brothers, this continued into the 1980’s.

In the course of the Second World Struggle, the manufacturing unit in Lengthy Melford switched its manufacturing to ‘utility’ bed room and eating furnishings. Additional work was additionally taken on to fabricate coffins for the conflict effort.

Later within the struggle, the Lengthy Melford manufacturing unit was burnt out and new premises have been sought in Ipswich. Initially manufacturing was resumed inside Wrinch’s manufacturing unit in Nacton Street, Ipswich. Land was additionally bought adjoining to Wrinch’s and a manufacturing unit was constructed by becoming a member of struggle surplus Nissen huts collectively to type a linear constructing and a steady furnishings manufacturing line was created inside it. This momentary construction survived till 1971 when a brand new constructing was erected over the previous huts making certain that not an hour of manufacturing was misplaced.

The Alstons Furnishings cupboard enterprise has remained at this website to today. Throughout this time a brand new head workplace had been constructed and a programme of steady funding in equipment maintained. Alstons Furnishings has manufactured virtually solely bed room furnishings throughout this era. Within the 1950’s and 60’s this was centered on suites of bed room furnishings of veneered teak, walnut and mahogany end (a set comprised a women wardrobe, a gents wardrobe and a dressing desk). The 1970’s noticed the introduction of modular bed room furnishings ranges in veneered and painted finishes.In newer years the Alstons have turn into a market chief within the manufacturing of conventional and modern bed room ranges of laminate and painted end.

Leslie Alston remained in control of the enterprise till his demise in 1976 at which level his oldest son Rex (John) took over as Managing Director with Leslie’s brother Percy (Roy) as Chairman. In 1979 Alan, Leslie’s different son turned Chairman and Managing Director of Alstons Furnishings, assisted by his hassle Rex and with their cousin Noel (Percy’s son) as Gross sales Director. John P Alston joined the household enterprise, Alstons Furniture, in 1974 turning into a Director in 1987 and Managing Director in 1995. In 2008 David Alston turned Chairman of Alstons Furnishings, taking over this position instantly from his father. Additionally on this yr John’s daughter Jessica Alston joined Alstons Furnishings as a design assistant.

The Upholstery enterprise flourished and inside 10 years, additional satellite tv for pc factories have been opened in Hadleigh, Suffolk and Clacton, Essex.

The recession of the early 1980’s noticed a contraction of Alstons Furnishings and the satellite tv for pc factories have been closed down and manufacturing and funding consolidated on the Colchester website. Up till 1995 Alan Alston continued to be liable for the operating of Alstons Furnishings. In 1995 David Alston, Alan’s youngest son turned Managing Director of the corporate and the duty handed on.In 2008 John Alston took on the position of chairman of Alstons Furnishings from his father.

Through the lifetime of the corporate it has manufactured sofas, couch beds, sideboards, chairs and recliner chairs.

Alstons Furnishings continues to make all its manufacturing from its manufacturing unit in Colchester and is now one of many main producers of upholstery within the UK.


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