Henry Platt was a blacksmith and farrier, his smithy was next to his home.

His son John joined him in the smithy, expanding the business by making textile machinery, after Henry's death John's three sons came into the business, Henry, who was named after his grandfather, was keen to do well. so he moved to Dobcross and started his own business.

It was a three storey building, he and his family lived on the first two floors and the workshop was on the top floor.  He employed up to six men making carding machines for the cotton spinners of Oldham.  During a cashflow problem Henry was introduced to Elijah Hibbert.  The men got on well and in 1822 the firm of Hibbert and Platt was formed.  The men complimented each other, Elijah with a wider commercial experience and Henry had engineering skills, the firm grew and they expanded into larger premises and took on extra men.  Their machines was renown in the whole of Lancashire, the firm had the reputation of being able to supply every machine needed.  In 1829 larger premises were again were needed and the firm moved into Hartford Mill, a former cotton mill.

Hartford Mill

In 1842, a railway line was constructed from Manchester, business was booming and needed to expand it was decided to build a new building close to the railway.  Henry died in November of that year.  His sons John and James took over the business.  The following year restrictions on exporting machinery to foreign countries was abolished.  Hibbert and Platt quickly took advantage.

Elijah Hibbert died in 1846; the brothers bought out the trustees of Elijah Hibbert in 1852, changing the name of the firm to Platt Brothers and Company.

To be continued ....

 Platt Family Tree

Last updated on the 18th March 2017