Arthur Sanderson & Sons

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The former Sanderson wallpaper factory, Voysey House, Chiswick

Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd, now known simply as Sanderson, is a British manufacturer of fabrics and wallpaper, founded in 1860.


"The Cedar Tree", a Sanderson wallpaper, 1910. Block-printed on machine-made paper

The company was founded in 1860 in Islington, London by Arthur Sanderson (1829-1882) who began by importing French wallpapers. After several moves, Sanderson established a factory of his own in Chiswick in 1879.[1] The old factory was replaced by a Grade II* listed building designed by Charles Voysey in 1902.[2] The Chiswick factory was destroyed by fire in 1928.[1]

After Arthur Sanderson's death, the business was taken over by his three sons, John, Arthur Bengough and Harold.[1] In 1919 Sanderson and Sons opened a new factory in Uxbridge to manufacture fabrics. In 1924 Arthur Bengough Sanderson received a Royal Warrant as "Purveyor of Wallpapers and Paints" to George V.[1]

The original blocks for William Morris's wallpaper designs were included in the purchase of Jeffrey & Co.[citation needed] When Morris & Co. was dissolved in 1940, Sanderson and Sons bought its wallpaper business and rights to use the Morris name.[1] Today these archives are held by the parent company Walker Greenbank plc which acquired Sanderson, along with Morris & Co and other historic brands, in 2003.[3]. The collection is held in Denham, Buckinghamshire and regularly used by the current designers, although not on public display.


  1. ^ a b c d e "About/History". Sanderson. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Voysey House, Hounslow". Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
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