Brushmaking History

The Hillbrush Company was established by brothers Fred and Bill Coward in 1922. Based in the small southwestern town of Mere, Wiltshire, they originally specialised in dairy and agricultural brushes, but within a few years, many of the streets were being swept with brushes made by Hillbrush.

Whilst the company’s use of synthetic fibre has increased in recent years, this has mainly been in the manufacture of specialist brushes, such as those used in food production or catering establishments and in hygiene-sensitive areas, such as hospitals.

As a long-standing presence in brush manufacturing, we decided that our history was simply too rich not to share with the public. Over the years we have worked on through wars, hosted HM The Queen, relocated, travelled across the globe with our products, and purchased additional companies.

Our unrivalled experience and expertise has contributed to our prolonged success, with Hillbrush now producing almost three thousand different products, supplied to over 90 countries across the globe.

At our visitor centre, Visit Hillbrush, you can take a look around our museum and discover the history of brush making and the company. Many of our displays are colourful and tactile, and there are areas especially designed for children, so bring the whole family!

If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us.