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James Hacking (1871-1933)

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James Hacking (1871-1933), head of the East Lancashire Soap Co

1871 November 11th. Born at Clayton le Moors, the son of Joshua Hacking and his wife Eliza Simpson.

1915 Married(1) at Preston to Nora Rochfort McCullagh (1883-1955)

1916 Birth of son Leonard Michael Hacking (1916-1959). Married 1939 at Baxenden to Hilda Mary Lightbown

1911 Living at Sparth, Clayton Le Moors: James Hacking (age 39 born Clayton Le Moors), Managing Director - Soap Manufactory. With his wife Mary Hacking (age 41 born Rishton, Lancs.) and their two daughters Ursula Ruth Hacking (age 4 born Clayton Le Moors) and Daphne Margaret Hacking (age 1 born St. Annes on the Sea). Five servants.[1]

1933 Obituary. [2]

James Hacking, of Sparth House. Clayton-in-Moors, chairman and managing director of the East Lancashire Soap Company, died yesterday following an operation. Mr. Hacking, who was 61, was a County Justice of the Peace, and frequently presided over the Church Petty Sessions. Like his father, the late Mr. Joshua Hacking, he was interested in cricket, and he was president of the club.

The family have lived the Clayton-le-Moors district since the 16th century. It was a John Hacking, of Huncoat, who invented the first carding engine in 1772, and carded wool for neighbours.

The concern, of which the late Mr. James Hacking was head, was established by a James Hacking about 1844. The great product is Dr. Lovelace’s soap.

Various stories are told how the name was devised. The late Mr. R. S. Crossley used to tell of two versions. One was that the name was chosen because women love lace. Another, and more probable account, was that at the time a horse named Lovelace was winner in a race, and its name suggested the title for the soap. A friend, Dr. Pilkington, suggested "Why not doctor?” end so the soap was celled.

The late Mr. Hacking was one of seven sons and one daughter of the late Mr. Joshua Hacking. Possibly the host known in public life of his brothers is Mr. Douglas Hacking. M.P. for the Chorley Division, who has held various offices with the Conservative and National Governments.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  2. Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 01 May 1933