Sir H W Trickett

The Slipper King

Born: Waterfoot 23rd June 1857

Aged 8 - 'half-timer' (37 hours work then school in evenings). By the age 17 he was apprentice block printer at Joshua Tricketts felt works - Greenbridge Felt Works.

1881 - Took over from J W Rothwell as treveller at Gregory & Co.

1883 - aged 26 borrowed £75 and started own business at Carr Lane Mill, Cowpe in a first floor room 15yrd X 10 yrd with 2 workers soon took another 4 on.

1889 - Bought Gaghills Mill (old cotton mill), Burnley Road, Waterfoot for £1100 and by 1890 was employing 145 male and 75 females producing 30 - 35,000 pairs of slippers per week; 'savior of Waterfoot'.

1892 - introduced profit sharing scheme

By 1900 he was employing 1000 people and making 72,000 pairs slippers per week.

1901 - formed limited company

1902 - forst person in Rossendale to have a car

By 1906 he had offices all over the world; London, Paris, Hamburg; Bucharest; Cairo, Johannesburg; Cape Town Jamacia.

1909 - November knighted by King Edward VII

Five time mayor of Rawtenstall and a JP

First factory to have a 'rest room with medical superintendent

Died at Home (Gaghills House) 3rd August 1913