A surprise to us and doubtless to many of you is the fact that Tattenhall once boasted its very own ‘Tie Factory’, known as ‘Craftie’. This village industry was located in what is now known as Barbour Square, just off the High Street, employed 14 women and was managed by Julie Wynne-Jones.
With a background in tie production (based originally in Tattenhall School) and having created washable, crease-resistant ties under contract for ‘Tootal Ties’, this local female workforce decided to take up the challenges of a ‘start up company’, turning out approximately 300 ties per week.
The article below which appeared in the Chester Courant dated 26 February 1980 makes fascinating reading.
Strict quality control applied with contracts to provide high quality products for football clubs, companies such as ‘Harp Guiness’, as well as for local schools and private individuals.
This Webpage will fill some of our residents with nostalgia, of that we are sure!