Herbert Charles Hatton

Herbert started his business when he left the old Hereford college after an earlier education at the Hereford Cathedral school. He moved from St. Peter's Street to a larger premises in St. Owen Street, Hereford, as his customers increased. He was fishing consultant to some of the largest households in Great Britain and he had customers in North and South America, China, Europe and the MIddle East.

In the first World War in 1914 he closed down the business to join the Royal Flying Corps as a coppersmith and he restarted his business in 1919 after demobilisation.

In his fishing career he caught many outstanding specimens of fish including fourteen Wye Salmon weighing over 40 lbs each.

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Herbert Charles Hatton

Frances Margaret Hatton

Frances Hatton worked in the shop for 40 years with her husband, she was an expert on baits, and painted the famous Wye Minnows. The biggest fish that she caught was a 38lb Salmon at Fownhope and tore the seat of her trousers on a barbed-wire fence in the process.

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Frances and Herbert at the back of 21 Owen Street

John Kenneth Hatton

Born in Hereford and educated at the Cathedral School, John trained as a pharmacist and worked at Hereford General Hospital as a chemist. He had a distinguished war record in North Africa and the Mediterranean. After the war he joined Herbert at the shop where they manufactured fishing rods.

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John Kenneth Hatton with a 39lb Wye Salmon in 1939