During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Britain (and specifically the north west) was the undisputed hat manufacturing capital of the world. In 1907 some 16,500,000 hats were made in the UK, a large number of which came from Denton and Stockport’s 36 hat manufacturers. Since the edwardian period, and especially since WW2, hat making has been in such catastrophic decline that in 1980 Britain’s final hat factory -Battersby’s in Stockport – closed it doors for the last time. I won’t go into the reasons for this, though clearly the fact that hardly anyone wears felt hats anymore is a large part of it. All I want to do is give a brief overview of the big players and the brands which you are most likely to come accross. This will probably take some time and will require a good deal more research that I have thus far undertaken, so for now, here are just the logos of some of the best.