William Paine founded this famous knitwear brand in Godalming, Surrey, and named it Paines of Godalming. Godalming was then a small town with a long history of woollen production. William discovered some knitting machines in an old warehouse behind the shop, taught himself and others to knit, and began to manufacture knitted garments, arguably developing the first cable knit sweaters.
OUR FIRST FACTORY IS BUILT
By 1942, the Alan Paine workforce had grown to 400 staff members in Godalming and 200 in Wales.