My friend Judy has been telling me about a thesis that has been written about the felt hat trade in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Judy has ancestors who worked as hatters. Chris Heal has writing a thesis entitled “The felt hat industry of Bristol and South Gloucestershire, 1530-1909” which can be downloaded free of charge from the British Library’s EThOS web site (http://ethos.bl.uk).
If you wish to consult the books, research files and unpublished notes about 20 leading hatting families which Chris has compiled they are now available at The Hat Works Museum in Stockport.
Chris will be giving a talk on the ‘The Great Hatting Strike of 1834-5: Christy’s foul
design to crush the liberties of the hatters’ at the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust
(http://www.winterbournebarn.org.uk/events.html) on 24 July at 7.45pm.