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Battersby Hats of Stockport : An Illustrated History, Paperback / softback Book

Battersby Hats of Stockport : An Illustrated History Paperback / softback


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 128 pages, 200 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9781445663043



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