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Battersby Hats of Stockport: An Illustrated History

Battersby Hats of Stockport: An Illustrated History

ISBN: 9781445663043
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Edition: Ill
Publication Date: 2017-03-01
Number of pages: 128
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In 1863, Stockport warehouseman William John Battersby refused to change the date of his wedding, a decision which 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 in twenty years he had a purpose-built factory bearing his name that 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. 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.

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