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HOMFRAY TRUST

We work with the Homfray Trust; a charity created by Henry Homfray in 1928

Homfray became a company in the 18th Century when Francis Homfray undertook iron mining at Penydarren. In 1804 Samuel Homfray took delivery of an engine from Richard Trevithick which he used to undertake the World's first railway journey on the works tramway, winning Samuel a thousand guineas (though it is not known if the bet was ever paid) and becoming the World's first locomotive.

Henry Homfray founded the second incarnation of Homfray & Co in1891. He returned to Yorkshire with his wife Marie Theresa Woodward to produce carpets around Halifax. The company expanded to employ over three thousand people in Yorkshire as well as having operations in Portugal, Pakistan and Australia. In 1952 Homfray & Co. was the first company to make carpets by the tufting process on a narrow machine at Albert Mill, Halifax.

Today the Homfray Trust supports charitable funds and organisations connected with Yorkshire.  Henry Homfray's great grandson, David Murray Wells, acts as trustee.