|The Hilditch Family from Staffordshire|
Thomas Percy Hilditch was born in Islington, Middlesex in 1886. His parents, Thomas Hilditch and Priscilla Hall, had moved there from Staffordshire two years previously to marry and start a new life in London. His father was a boot maker - one of several in the family, and his mother was the granddaughter of the butler at Apedale Hall, a minor stately home owned by the Heathcote family with connections to several prominent politicians of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Thomas Percy graduated in chemistry at London University, and after further study both abroad and in London he gained his doctorate in 1911. The following year he married Elizabeth Lawrence and they moved to Grappenhall in Cheshire where he was already working as an industrial research chemist. A few days after the wedding in Kent they bought almost all they needed to set up house in a single shopping spree at the Co-operative Society shop in Warrington. The invoice may be viewed by following the link to Warrington Co-op.
In 1926 he became a Professor at the University of Liverpool and the family moved to Birkenhead.
To see a brief résumé of his career and pictures of various items marking events during his life, now mostly held by the University of Liverpool, use the link to Prof T P Hilditch.
To read more of this interesting article by E. Austin Hilditch, click on the link below and use the menu to go to “Newsletters” and then “February 2006”. Scroll down to the article.
Audley in 1862
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