BBC goes Inside The Factory with Harrison Spinks
Yorkshire bedmaker Harrison Spinks is set to star in an upcoming episode of Inside The Factory.
Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healy visited Harrison Spinks’ state-of-the-art factory, which makes 600 beds every day. Following the production of pocket-sprung mattresses from the arrival of hard steel through to soft bedding heading out of dispatch, Gregg learned how lengths of metal are stretched into thin wire and coiled into springs which are placed into individual pockets, and how the mattresses are designed to wick away moisture sleepers’ bodies with the help of natural fibres like hemp and wool.
Meanwhile, Cherry discovered the benefits of taking an afternoon nap, visiting Harrison Spinks’ own sheep farm to see how wool is shorn.
In the programme, historian Ruth Goodman will investigate the origins of the modern mattress, from straw-stuffed sack to pocket-spring technology.
Harrison Spinks’ MD Simon Spinks comments: “To be chosen to be part of a programme as prestigious as Inside The Factory is a huge honour for Harrison Spinks. Our employees are all incredibly proud of their workplace and to shine a spotlight on the amazing time-honoured skills and traditional bedmaking methods that we nurture during such a brilliant slot on the BBC is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Inside The Factory: Mattresses will air on Tuesday 20th August at 8pm on BBC Two. The episode will also be available on iPlayer.
Pictured: Cherry Healy and Gregg Wallace at Harrison Spinks