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Old photograph of an H Foster wagon carrying barrels of products.

Timeline

From our very first day, we’ve tried to go the extra mile for our customers, taking experiences from our long history to build our exciting future.

When Henry Foster founded the company in 1875, he supplied products manufactured from tallow and wool grease to be used in the leather and textiles industries. Today, our customers range from major international companies to small-scale businesses. We supply to industries including lubricants, textile (both natural and man-made), metal finishing, rubber, plastics, soap making, cosmetics, candle making, printing inks, and more.

Old photograph of a horse-drawn wagon carrying H Foster barrels.
1875

Henry Foster and his son Joseph began the H Foster business, specialising in the manufacture of products from tallow and wool grease to supply the leather and textiles industries.

Black and white image of an H Foster truck carrying white barrels.
1900

The business moved to 103, Kirkstall Road in Leeds, with the third generation of the family, Joseph Foster, at the head.

Old metal factory machinery used in a warehouse.
Mid-1920s

Haulage company (the first in the area to run tankers) was formed to deliver products in bulk.

White bar of soap in a cardboard sleeve on a white sheet.
1960

The fourth generation of Fosters were leading the company, with Henry, Chris and Richard Foster managing the business. They returned to tallow as a raw material as the wool business was declining in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Black and white image of a man pouring a large sack of powder into a drum.
2006

Chris and Richard Foster entered into talks with Geoffrey and Simon Eggar about a buy-out of the business.

Redbrick building with the H Foster & Co signage.
1st August 2006

H Foster became a wholly owned subsidiary of Eggar Holdings, with Geoffrey Eggar as Chairman and Simon Eggar as Managing Director.

Stack of purple soap bars created from melt and pour.
2012

We launched our e-commerce business hfostersoaponline.co.uk

H Foster staff member opening a blue drum in a warehouse.
2016

Eggar Holdings is renamed H Foster 1875 Ltd. From 1st September 2016, the majority of the H Foster & Co Ltd. business has been transferred to H Foster 1875.

Man in yellow high-vis jacket opening a large container with orange liquid.
June 2019

We moved our head office to new premises in Goring-on-Thames.

H Foster's new logo designed by Nixon Design.
March 2020

Our new websites launched – Hfostersoaponline.co.uk now rebranded as 1875.co.uk

April 2020

1875.co.uk moves into a dedicated unit on site at 103 Kirkstall Road.