CONGRATULATIONS to Nantwich businesswoman
Julie Clewlow who has brought a Nantwich clothing name back to town.
Customers of her shop, Julie at Ruth Rae, in Hospital Street, can now
buy garments with a Baronia label in them. True, it is strictly Baronia
by Gollas, but the name of the famous Nantwich factory lives on.
The garments are made in
Frankfurt and the firm was exhibiting in London when Julie overheard a
representative say the name Baronia. Assured that it was the "Nantwich
Baronia", she placed an order.
Clearly the materials in the
luxury range and the workers are German - certainly not Dabbers - but as
long as the world still sees the name Baronia, I am all right with that.
IN case you are not aware of the Baronia
factory's history, let me tell you. The Manchester firm of John Harding
opened the Nantwich branch of their empire (they also had a factory in
Crewe) in 1872. As it was built in Barony Road - next to the site on
which the Wood Memorial Chapel would be built in 1881 - it was called
After having several owners,
including a former managing director, it was closed down by
A drawing of the
Baronia factory in Barony Road. Nantwich
owners - another clothing firm, Kindler's Ltd - in 1989
and was sold to a property developer in 1993. It is now Baronia Place
Julie told me that she
had been the proprietor of Julie at Ruth Rae for eight years, taking
over the business when Mrs Rae retired. She had previously been in
business in one of the
town's many (at that time) antiques shops.
She has a childhood link with
Baronia as she remembers taking meat from the family business to the
"That was round the back in Arnold Street," she
see Julie's latest fashions - especially the Baronia range - visit
www.ruthrae.co.uk. Or you can go
to the Gollas website on www.gollas.de.