1886 – Today
As you may have realised from our logo, the family connection with laundering goes back a long way. The original business was started when Martha Bates (nee Warrington), my great grandmother, started taking in washing when her husband could find no work at the docks in London’s East End.
As the business grew, they moved from Hague Street, not far from our current factory to progressively larger houses.
During both wars the business marked time as family members joined the forces and in the late 1950’s, now owned by two families both related to Martha we finally moved to a factory in Tottenham, North London.
In 1973 I joined the business having served a seven year apprenticeship with the Company
that is now Berensden. By the late 1970’s the South House & Elmhurst Laundry as it was then known, had outgrown the small factory and in 1982 when my father and uncle retired I purchased the trading business and merged it with Purity Sweet Clean Laundry in Enfield Middlesex, another old family laundry.
Once again, due to the focus and personal service that the new business provided trading then as Royal Jersey, Enfield, our growth continued and in 1999 we moved again, to Leyton, back where we started in London’s East End.
As we moved from Contract Laundering into Textile Rental, we re-branded in 2007 as Bates of London, in honour of the lady who started it all. Now in 2016 we are proud to be the largest fully family owned Laundry in the UK, processing over 50 million pieces a year. Now with two processing plants we have built a brilliant team who continue to offer unbeatable quality, service with dedicated account managers, but above all a complete package that simply cannot be matched by either independent operators or National Companies.
Bates of London