Spirella factory

Spirella building

The Spirella factory was built between 1912 and 1920. The American company revolutionised the manufacture of corsets, and came to Letchworth Garden City in 1910. The company’s motto was ‘Healthy Happy Workers are the World’s Best’. Thousands of people from the Garden City and around worked at the factory, and the building is a much-loved Letchworth landmark. Packed full of objects and old photographs and ephemera from the museum's collections, this major exhibition will explore the history of the magnificent Spirella Building.

History of spirella building:

1910
Spirella Company operational in temporary wooden sheds in Nevells Road.

1912
Work is completed on The Spirella Building's factory workshop block - the section nearest the railway.

1914
The central section, featuring The Spirella Ballroom, is completed.

1920
The work is completed and the Spirella Company moves in.

1924
Spirella Decade Club visits the British Empire Exhibition on 7 June.

1939
An Extension and outbuildings are created, but not to the standard of Hignett's original design.

1939-45
Spirella manufactures parachutes and decoding machinery.

1960s
Fashion changes lead to reduced demand for corsetry.

1970
Staff numbers decrease throughout the decade.

1979
Grade ll* Listing of building.