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HARTLEY EMMOTT 1862-1925

Cotton Manufacturer, Mayor and Freeman of the Borough.

In August 1925, it was said that the commercial and public life of Burnley had suffered a severe loss. The cause of this suffering was the death of Hartley Emmott, a JP, head of one of the largest cotton weaving concerns in the Borough, the oldest member of the town council, a magistrate, an ex-mayor and a recently created Freeman. Hartley Emmott was one of the leading commercial men of his time, and like many other in the town's history hailed from Haggate. He was the second son of Robert Emmott, one of the earliest manufacturers in Burnley. After leaving Haggate with his father, Hartley attended the Red Lion street school. He entered his father's business, and learned the cotton trade from top to bottom, before venturing on his own account at Calder Vale Shed. This was a modest beginning, with just 316 looms, which was increased shortly afterwards to 424 looms. In 1886, his father ably assisted by Hartley and his brothers took over the newly erected Bishop House Mill, with no less than 1,242 looms. In 1890, the father (Robert Emmott) took retirement, and transferred the business to Hartley, his brother Thomas and sisters. Stanley Mill was built in 1891, and on opening the following year housed 1,830 looms. Continuing under the title Robert Emmott Limited, with Hartley as head and governing director, the firm prospered. In 1913, Ferndale Mill opened at Heasandford with 1,476 looms.

Hartley was also on the committee of the Burnley Manufacturer's Association, and a director of the Burnley Building Society for over twenty years. Hartley Emmott entered the town council on 17, August 1895, and was elected Mayor in 1905-6 and 1906-7. He was elected Alderman 11, December 1905, and in March 1907, Mr Emmott was appointed Borough Magistrate. The Committee's he held office on included: the Finance, Water, Markets, Small Holdings, Parliamentary Sub, Arts Galley and Museums, Massey Bequest, and Education. A scroll recorded Mr Emmott's services to the town when he was made Freeman of the Borough . "For 28 years Alderman Emmott served on the Council, as Councillor from 17, August 1895, to 1905, as Alderman from 1905 to 1924, and as Mayor during the years 1905-6 and 1906-7"

Following a seizure in 1923, Hartley was in ill health right up to his death. In Autumn 1924, Hartley along with his wife Martha Ann embarked upon a cruise to the West Indies. During the cruise, Martha Ann developed an illness that she failed to recover from, and consequently died on 21, December that year. The couple were deeply devoted, and Martha Ann's death had a profound effect on Hartley. His not unexpected death came at nine o'clock on Thursday 6, August 1925 at his home Haines Hill Reedley. There were no children of the marriage, and Hartley Emmott was reunited with his wife at Haggate Baptist chapel the following Monday after a service at Angle street Baptist chapel.

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