Hibbert & Co, Hat Manufacturers,
of Victoria Hat Works, Denton Road, Hooley Hill, Audenshaw
The proprietor of Hibbert & Co was William Hibbert and the works was situated on Denton Road about 108 yards south of its junction with Guide Lane, as the junction was originally configured. This company was still trading in 1901 but following the death of William Hibbert in 1902 Joseph Wood & Sons moved into Victoria Hat Works.
William Hibbert was born at Mellor, Derbyshire, in 1829/30 to Thomas Hibbert and Martha. He married Sarah Ann Hartley at St Mary’s Church, Cheadle, Cheshire, in 1872. In 1901 he was resident on Denton Road with his wife and children, Martha Jane (26), Edwin (23), Gertrude (19) and Annie Elizabeth (16). He died at Ashton-under-Lyne in 1902, aged 72 years. In 1911 his widow was resident on Corporation Road, Audenshaw, with her children, Martha Jane (36), Gertrude (29) and Annie Elizabeth (27).
Worsley & Brelsford, Hat Manufacturers,
of Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw
The works was situated on the south side of Audenshaw Road adjacent to King’s Road. The business was founded by George Worsley, Joseph Brelsford and Ralph Ashton and originally it traded as Worsley, Brelsford, and Ashton. On the 17 April 1878 this partnership was dissolved when Ralph Ashton stepped down but the business continued with George Worsley and Joseph Brelsford as partners under the style of Worsley & Brelsford. The company was still trading in 1906.
Walter Richardson, Hat Manufacturer,
of Denton Road, Hooley Hill, Audenshaw
This business was founded by Charles Smith, John Pollitt and Walter Richardson on Denton Lane (Denton Road), Hooley Hill, by Charles Smith, John Pollitt and Walter Richardson and originally it traded as Smith, Richardson, and Pollitt. On the 2 December 1881 this partnership was dissolved when Charles Smith and John Pollitt stepped down but the business continued with Walter Richardson as the proprietor under the style of Walter Richardson.
In 1911 he was resident on Guide Lane, Hooley Hill, with his sister, Hannah (58) and niece Emma Richardson Shelmerdine (36). He died at Audenshaw on the 5 July 1938, aged 88 years.
Robert Fox & Co, Hat Manufacturers,
of Stamford Works (otherwise Audenshaw Works), Audenshaw
Little is known about this company. It was founded by Robert Fox and Edward Booth but this partnership was dissolved on the 19 July 1924 when Edward Booth stepped down as a partner. Robert Fox continued the business on his own account under the same style.