Guernsey Government House

Visit to 'Guernsey Woollens'

Guernsey Woollens Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowLast Wednesday (6 Mar) His Excellency and Lady Corder were given a special tour of the 'Guernsey Woollens' factory to learn how the iconic guernsey pullover is made.

They were hosted by Managing Director Arthur Eldridge who showed them around the factory and explained the manufacturing process.  Guernsey Woollens produces over 10000 guernseys a year many of which are now exported as far as Japan and the Far East. They also produce bespoke guernseys for some army regiments and the RNLI. The Lieutenant-Governor and Lady Corder were introduced to members of staff involved in the hand finishing of the pullovers.  Sir Ian declared himself 'absolutely fascinated' by the complex knitting machines and 'most impressed' by the skill of hand of the workforce.

Historically guernseys were hand-knitted from wool by local fishermen.  They are immensely hard wearing, warm, and weather-proof.  Sir Ian commented that he had owned several guernseys before and although he found them a little itchy when new he said 'you can always trust a pullover that you have to wear in!'.