The Great British Hat Makers

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.

Henry Heath

Henry Heath Logo

The Henry Heath logo

Herbert Johnson

Herbert Johnson

Herbert Johnson logo

Lincoln Bennett

Lincoln Bennett logo

Lincoln Bennett logo

Woodrow & Son

Woodrow

Woodrow logo

Christys’

Christys' logo

Christys' logo

G.A. Dunn & Co

Dunn & Co logo

Dunn & Co logo

Scott & Co

Scott & Co logo

Scott & Co logo

Tress & Co

Tress & Co logo

Tress & Co logo

Battersby & Co

Battersby logo

Battersby logo

James Lock & Co

Lock & Co logo

Lock & Co logo

Samuel Mortlake & Son

Sam Mortlake & Son

Samuel Mortlake & Son logo

Clark & Co

Clark & Co Hatters

Clark & Co Hatters

Joshua Turner

Joseph Turner logo

Joshua Turner logo

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One response to “The Great British Hat Makers

  1. Kim J. Auger

    Could you give me information on the following top hat? On the inside it is a Lincoln Bennett & Company with a coat of arms like the above picture you have here. It also says Extra Quality Sackville Street Piccadilly. It has a tall round box w/ cover (beat up a little) and on the outside of the box it says Lee’s 5th avenue Water Bloc. Also, on the inside handwritten looks like it says 428MOS2. The hat is in great condition. Would you know about this particular hat and/or the value of it? Thank you for your time. Kim Auger USA

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