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Richard Edwin Hattersley

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Richard Edwin Houghton Hattersley (1877-1949)

1877 Born on June 13 in Keighley, Yorkshire, son of John Hattersley (1822-1893), a machine loom maker[1], and his wife Agnes.

He converted 2 cottages in Halifax into workshops

With the expansion of his business, he moved to larger premises in Springhall Lane, Halifax which he rented from Gaukroger, Sykes and Roberts.

At some point the company became R. E. Hattersley and Co

1897 Became secretary of Gaukroger, Sykes and Roberts.

1900 Gaukroger, Sykes and Roberts were in financial trouble; Hattersley took control and joined the 2 businesses together. He raised fresh capital and redirected the company towards high quality products that could be made and sold in large quantities.

1901 An engineer, tool maker, working on his own account, living with his mother and his sisters in Halifax[2]

1902 Married Sarah Potter in Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Opened a small head office in Ormskirk (where he lived) even though the works remained in Halifax

1910 Arranged the merger with 3 other companies in similar areas of business to reduce costs by forming United Brassfounders and Engineers.

1911 An engineer, living in Orsmkirk with his wife Sarah[3]

1923 Purchased, from the receiver of the United Brassfounders and Engineers, the goodwill of the company, the land, buildings, plants, stocks, and the whole of the contents of the works at Halifax and Ormskirk, together with certain other assets.[4]

Became chairman of Hattersley (Ormskirk) Ltd

1939 Richard E Hattersley, managing director, engineer, lived in West Lancashire with Sarah Hattersley[5]

1949 He died on May 2 in Ormskirk, Lancashire, at the age of 71.


1949 Obituary [6]



See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 census
  2. 1901 census
  3. 1911 census
  4. The Engineer 1923/08/24
  5. 1939 register
  6. The Engineer 1949 Jan-Jun: Index
  • The Pegler-Hattersley Group. An historical review 1871-1971, by Hubert C. Nicholson, 1974
  • Posted on Ancestry [1]