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09 Jul 2017




Battersby Hats of Stockport: An Illustrated History

by Rupert Battersby

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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...