Hibbert & Co

Felt Hat Manufacturer
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.

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).

Peter Blyth, Hat Box Manufacturer
of Victoria Works, Pitt Street, Hooley Hill, Audenshaw

This family business of hat box manufacturers was founded by Peter Blyth in 1876. At some point it was incorporated as a limited company styled as Peter Blyth Ltd. As the hatting industry declined in the 20th century, the company diversified and in 1964 it was listed as a subsidiary of Lloyd’s Packing Warehouses Ltd of Manchester. This company specialised in providing warehouse facilities for textiles and yarns for export as well as providing bonding stores for a wide range of goods. It also had woodworking factories for the manufacture of boxes and cases for the home trade and export. Peter Blyth Ltd was liquidated in 1969.

Peter Blyth was born in Scotland in 1814/15 and his first wife was Elizabeth Dean who died at Ashton-under-Lyne, in 1885, aged 65 years. He then married Nancy Ashworth at St James’s Church, Ashton-under-Lyne, in 1886. He died at Audenshaw on the 3 July 1905, aged 90 years.

Other prominent hatting trade manufacturers of Hooley Hill

Hat Boxes
Robert Beswick of Denton Road.
 Proprietor: Robert Beswick (1839/40-1901).
Julius Downs & Sons of Providence Street.
 Proprietors: Julius Downs (1817/18-1891), George Downs (1855-1919) and Peter Downs (1864-1926).
Hat Trimmings (Galloons)
William May & Son of Pitt Street.
 Proprietors: William May (1828/29-1902) and Stephen May (1867-).