Gloving in yeovil


Glove Manufacturers of Stars Lane


The glove manufacturing company of R&J Pullman Ltd had a history going back as far as 1814 at Woodstock when it was founded by Robert William and John Pullman (probably father and son or else siblings). The company was incorporated in 1895. In 1896 John Pullman took out a patent on "Improvements in Accoutrements or Equipments" for the military (see Gallery).

Already with a reputation for manufacturing high-quality leather gloves and, especially, leather accoutrements for the army for decades, the company moved to Yeovil in 1945 when they purchased the Stars Lane factory. They later acquired two further factories in Addlewell Lane and Mill Lane as well as one at Charlbury in Oxfordshire. After the Second World War the company became associated with glove manufacturers and leather dressers Atherton & Clothier in Addlewell Lane.

The company was listed at Yeovil in Edwin Snell's Directory of 1954, Foord's Directory of 1964 and Kelly's Directories of 1968 and 1970. The company closed in the 1970s.




Courtesy of Rog Dennis

An 1893 advertisement for Robert & John Pullman. At this time their main business premises were at 17 Greek Street, Soho, London with works at Godalming, Surrey.


Courtesy of Rog Dennis

Leather military accoutrements, in this case a leather bayonet frog and a leather belt of "Simplex Equipment", made by R&J Pullman of London.