Name: Henry Platt
Birth: 20 MAR 1793 in Dobcross, Lancashire
Death: 11 NOV 1842 in Oldham
Henry was born on 20th March 1793 at Dobcross, a Pennine village near Oldham.
Change Date: 22 JAN 2016 at 20:08:15
On 20th March 1815 he married Sarah Whitehead and they raised four sons and six daughters. Their children included John Platt (born 1817), James Platt (born 1824) and Louisa Platt (born 1835).
Henry took over the business of his father, a prosperous machinery maker, and carried on the manufacture of wool-processing machinery.
In 1821 he moved from Dobcross to the rapidly expanding cotton town of Oldham and there he began to manufacture cotton machinery, especially carding engines. In 1822 he formed a partnership with Elijah Hibbert under the name of Hibbert and Platt. The business prospered and they opened Hartford works at Greenacres Moor in 1829-30.
He had founded the firm that was to become Platt Bros & Co and the biggest textile machine manufacturer in the world in the 19th and early 20th century, employing 12,000 people in Oldham.
Henry Platt born 1793
Bridge house, Dobcross - home of Henry Platt
Map showing Bridge Farm, Sugar Lane, Dobcross - Home of Henry Platt
1841 census - Machine Maker
Father: John Platt b: BEF 24 FEB 1767 in Dobcross, Saddleworth c: 24 FEB 1767 in Saddleworth
Mother: Alice Winterbottom b: 11 JAN 1768 in Saddleworth c: 17 JAN 1768 in Saddleworth
Sarah Whitehead b: 28 FEB 1792 in Saddleworth Fold, Lancashire c: 28 MAR 1792 in Saddleworth, Lancashire
20 MAR 1815
in St Chad Church, Saddleworth
- Joseph Platt b: 20 FEB 1816
- John Platt b: 15 SEP 1817 in Oldham, Lancashire
- Jane Platt b: 27 OCT 1819
- Alice Platt b: 2 FEB 1822
- James Platt b: 11 DEC 1823 in Oldham, Lancashire
- Sarah Ann Platt b: 21 NOV 1825
- Mary Alice Platt b: 17 JUN 1828
- Henry Platt b: 29 MAR 1830
- Elizabeth Platt b: 14 APR 1833
- Louisa Platt b: 4 JUN 1835 in Oldham
- Title: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Abbrev: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography