May 2021: Kingswood Museum
ONE of this year’s four new displays at Kingswood Heritage Museum is devoted to Fantasie Foundations, a brand developed by Langridge (Kingswood) Ltd. of Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood.
Langridge’s previously used the “Unity” brand for its products, and was a major employer in the area.
A large proportion of its workforce - compared to more traditional businesses – consisted of young women.
During the Second World War around two thirds of the company’s production was devoted to the war effort, particularly the production of uniforms and parachutes.
The company’s contribution was recognised by a visit by Queen Mary in 1941, as shown in the photograph.