Our Story // Our Heritage
The family business has been producing quality clothing for eight generations. 240 years on, Peregrine has a story to tell. Use the timeline below to learn more about our heritage.
1776In 1796, with the birth of his first son, also named Thomas, Thomas made the move to Wigston Magma where he went into business as a hand frame knitter, commonly known back then as a “bag man”. In total, Thomas had two children, Thomas (1796) and William (1797), who later went on to run the business.
1824In 1824 Thomas Glover took over the business and continued to work as a hand frame knitter in Wigston, just outside Leicester.
1820sEvery Friday Thomas would travel into Leicester on a horse and cart to collect the spun wool from Montfort knitting mill before taking it back to Wigston to knit it up into jumpers. He would do this every week selling the knitted jumpers and replenishing the wool supplies. Thomas married Sarah Langham on the 20th of Feburary 1820 and went on to have 5 children; Samuel, Thomas, Sarah, William and Edward.
1860sIn 1821 Samuel Glover was born (1821-1913). Samuel worked in the family business from an early age. He married Hanna Brewin on the 24th of May 1841. By the 1860’s Samuel was employing over 26 people in the Moat street factory in Wigston Magma, Leicester. Samuel and Hanna had 6 children; Harriet, Joseph, Sarah, Elisabeth, Levi & Sarah
1860sJoseph Glover (born 1846) started working for his father Samuel at the age of 14. He went on to work with his father for many years. During this period - the late 19th Century - the business grew rapidly. Joseph went on to Marry Sarah and had 3 children; Elizabeth, Hannah and John George. Towards the end of the 19th Century the business was employing around 26 people. Samuel and Joseph continued to work side by side.
1878When John George joined the business at the end of 19th Century the knitting industry was booming in Leicestershire.
1900After a period of substantial investment, John George Glover established J. G. Glover & Co Ltd in 1901.
Early 1900sJ G Glover secured substantial contracts in the early 20th Century to supply the military NAAFI with socks. The factory continued to manufacture garments throughout WWI.
1920sBy the 1920s J G Glover employed over 300 people and started to export its products around the world.
1920sFollowing John George's two week boat journey across the Atlantic to secure business, the 1920’s saw J G Glover’s first trading with the USA.
1927In 1927 Donald Glover (1909-1994) joined the business and worked with his father until John George died in WWII. Donald Glover returned from Five years of active service to take over and run the family business.
1956Donald Glover drove the business forward and in 1956 established a new brand Peregrine Clothing.
1962By the 1960’s the wholesale market was booming. In 1962 the business moved to a larger, purpose-built factory on Gloucester Crescent, Wigston.
1971In 1971, after graduating from the Leicester school of knitting, John Glover (born 1947) took the reigns becoming the managing director of the family business.
1970sAt this point chain stores dominated production with the introduction of "private label". During this period J G Glover manufactured for BHS and many other large department stores.
1970sIn the late 70’s technology improved dramatically and the subsequent introduction of computerised machines saw an increase in production and refined garments.
1980sBy the late 80’s the UK manufacturing industry was under serious threat as departments stores searched for cheaper products overseas. In 1987 J G Glover moved to a smaller manufacturing plant and concentrated on quality English made products that were exported overseas.
2003After graduating in Design in 2003 Tom Glover (born 1980) joined the business.
2003-2006sTom wanted to give the Peregrine brand a new lease of life and launched a contemporary but classic range of outdoor clothing manufactured from the best natural fibres.
2006With the success of the new ranges Peregrine continued to be more creative with its styles and expanded into the Japanese market. The brand Peregrine was registered in Japan in 2006.
2006-2008sWith the direction of Peregrine being more fashion lead than in earlier years the brand became recognised on the circuit and began to appear on catwalks around the world.<
2010-PresentIn 2010 Peregrine opened its first showroom in Bristol. Peregrine continues to update and develop its range with new and exciting designs. Over 200 years and eight generations of Glovers later, the company is still going strong, with every garment proudly made in England.