Battersby Hats of Stockport: An Illustrated History (UK ed.)

Battersby Hats of Stockport: An Illustrated History (UK ed.)

By: Rupert Battersby (author)Paperback

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In 1863, Stockport warehouseman William John Battersby refused to change the date of his wedding, a decision that ultimately cost him his job. He could never have guessed that this would be a pivotal moment, not just in his life, but ultimately in the history of the British hat industry. Starting his own business in a rented building with just twenty-one employees, within twenty years he had a purpose-built factory bearing his name, which was to endure for over a century and export to every continent. A proud and industrious workforce helped the business prosper over generations and through two world wars, until the latter half of the twentieth century saw the once-great industry decline and finally fade away. Using a wonderful collection of contemporary, largely unseen photographs, accounts and documents, Battersby Hats: An Illustrated History shows the progress of the firm and also the private triumphs and tragedies of the family who ran it. This is a fascinating celebration of the efforts and dreams of the founder, his descendants, and the employees who sustained this world-famous firm throughout its existence.

About Author

Rupert Battersby is the great grandson of the founder of Battersby Hats, and son of the last Managing Director. A Manchester University languages graduate, he served in Cheshire Constabulary for twenty-eight years. Married with two grown up children, he divides his time between his dogs, horses and family history research.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781445663043
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9781445663043
  • weight: 309
  • ISBN10: 144566304X
  • edition: UK ed.

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