Hillbrush Centenary Celebration Book

100 years of British manufacturing, family, passion and excellence.

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Celebrating Hillbrush With A Commemorative Centenary Book

Hillbrush is a British manufacturing institution that has innovated and diversified with the times but stayed true to its family values. To mark Hillbrush’s milestone birthday, chairman Philip Coward has brought together memories, photography and insight into a beautiful commemorative book, which is available for you to purchase here! 

It has been an honour to produce this book and whilst working on the project, we have been reminded of the many people who have played a part in the success of our company.

About the Author

Philip Coward, Chairman

Educated at Blundells School, graduated from Brunel University with an honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering after receiving a scholarship from the Army Department of the Ministry of Defence. Joined  Hill Brush in 1974, where he was Managing Director for 17 years.


President of the British Brush Manufacturers Association from 1992-1994, President of the European Brush Manufacturers Federation (FEIBP) 1996-1999 and a board member for the past 25 years. President of the Highgrove Royal Warrant Holders Association in 2013/14. Hon. Treasurer, Executive Committee and Council member of the RWHA, and Trustee of the RWHA Charity Fund.


A member of the Mere Parish Council, now the Mere Town Council, for the past 40 years.


Philip handed the Managing Director baton to Charlie and Andy at the end of October 2018, but remains a Director and Chairman of Hill Brush.




An Extract From The Book

"In July 1952 the Company received another Royal visit, this time from Her Majesty The Queen. The Queen had been planning to spend the morning visiting farms around Dorchester owned by the Duchy of Cornwall (whose affairs she was looking after), followed by visits to Duchy farms around Mere in the afternoon.


Ten days prior to the visit there was an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the Mere area and so the Duchy officials had to find somewhere else for The Queen to visit, because 50 Duchy tenants and their families were due to be presented to her at one of the Mere farms. Fred Coward received a call from Colonel Roberts, the Duchy Eastern Division Land Steward, asking if The Queen could visit Hillbrush.


Naturally Fred agreed, and arrangements were made. During the visit the Queen was presented with two miniature hand-made sweeping brooms for Prince Charles and Princess Anne.


The Company’s founders and their wives, together with David and Richard Coward, were presented to The Queen. Employees Walt Gatehouse, Bill Greenland and Mrs Gould were also presented to The Queen."

Centenary Book



No matter how good the machinery and systems are, it is the people who make a business. We look forward to the next 100 years!

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The book is available to buy for £15 +pp*. 


The Royal Warrant Holders Association Charity Fund was established in 1902 to support the charitable activities of Royal Warrant holders. The Fund donates to small local charities in which Warrant-holding companies or their employees are actively involved. 


£5 will be donated from the proceeds of every purchase to the RWHA Charity Fund.


Please contact us if you reside abroad or would like multiple copies.


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