Harold Wilson's raincoat displayed in Scilly Isles museum 2014

Gannex is a waterproof fabric composed of an outer layer of nylon and an inner layer of wool with air between them. It was invented in 1951 by Joseph Kagan, a UK industrialist and the founder of Kagan Textiles Ltd., of Elland, which made raincoats. The company is now defunct. The mill occupied by the company was demolished in 2010.[1] The raincoats were worn by a number of world-famous people.[2]

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Gannex Mills at Elland, West Yorkshire


  1. ^ "A landmark is vanishing". Halifax Courier, 22 December 2010.
  2. ^ Comfort, Nicholas (2012). Surrender How British industry gave up the ghost 1952-2012. New York: Biteback Publishing. ISBN 9781849543163.
  • John A. Hargreaves, "Kagan, Joseph, Baron Kagan (1915–1995)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 17 Dec 2006

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Gannex Mill, Elland. This is on the south side of the B6114. The mighty Gannex Mill is reduced to providing workshop and showroom space for small businesses, and advertising yet another conversion to apartments.