Image of the original Bradford Soap Works located on Buell Street in Woonsocket, R.I.
The Bradford Soap Works was founded in Rhode Island 1876 by James Rogers and William Murgatroyd of Bradford, England. They named their plant Bradford Soap Works. Rhode Island was the center of the textile industry in the new world... just as Bradford, England, was the center of the textile industry in England. Their first product was flake soap for use in scouring wool. A few years later, another English immigrant opened a soap manufacturing plant in Rhode Island under the same name. Since Rogers and Murgatroyd had not registered the name Bradford Soap Works, they re-named and registered their company as The Original Bradford Soap Works.Source: Bradford Soap: History