This is a story of the last days of a historic mill, the history narrated by one of the eldest employees.
The beginnings of Robert Noble can be traced as far back as 1666. Over more than two centuries, the Ballantyne businesses expanded to such an extent that larger premises were required. In 1884, D. Ballantyne moved to Peebles and built March Street Mills, along with tied housing for workers.
The mill employed 700 people at the time, in its heyday the textiles industry employed 15-20,000 locals in the Scottish Borders.
The Mill supplies fabric to global brands reaching US, Japan, UK, Europe … Ralph Lauren, Hackett, Paul Smith, Duchamp, House of Bruar, Mackintosh, Takisada, Paul Stuart, Charles Tyrwitt, J crew, Brooks Brothers…
In 2015 Robert Noble employs 87 skilled designers, weavers, tuners, finishers, darners , drawers & warpers,