A Wonderful Man


The story of Thomas Peacock and Hope Brothers

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This glossy A4-sized book by The Littleport Society’s lead Archivist, Maureen Scott, tells the story of Thomas Peacock; from his early family life, his first experiences working with Robert Sayle, and onwards to open a range of shops across the country and the construction of the Hope Brothers Ltd clothing factory in the heart of his native Littleport in Cambridgeshire, England.

Not only was he a businessman, but his forward-thinking attitudes to his workers during late-Victorian England, led him to provide leisure, educational, and housing for those employed at the factory – from machinists and ironers, to steamers and buttonhole makers – most of those working at the factory were women.

Through Maureen’s years of careful research, she tells this story of Thomas and his legacy that remains in Littleport today, complete with a wealth of images.

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Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 29.7 × 21.0 × 0.4 cm

Maureen Scott



Number of pages

48 pages

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The Littleport Society