Does anyone know of any sources of info or photos of a family of grocers in the Manchester area during the mid 19th C please?
In particular there was a company called Bratt and Hobson Ltd who were wholesale grocers and grocery, cheese, ham, bacon and tea dealers. It also seems this company was an agent for WA Gilbey Ltd wine and spirit merchants. The Bratt and Hobson company would seem to be at least part owned by Peter Bratt of Bowden and had shops/stores at over a dozen addresses including Manchester Road, Swan Street, Broad Street, Chester Road, Oldham Street, Pinmill Brow, Regent Road, Stockport Road, Wilmslow Road, Great Ancoats Street, Market Street, Victoria Street, Stretford Road and Chapel Street.
However there is also evidence of another firm which was probably related - Bratt and Dobb who were also tea dealers and grocers at 89 Chorlton Road with a Thomas Bratt one of the partners.
It did seem that the Bratts were well-established as shopkeepers as there's further evidence of a greengrocer called William Bratt at 30 Greek Street, Amy Bratt a shopkeeper at 19 Silas Street, Albert Bratt a grocer at 88 Bolton Road, James Bratt a grocer at 74 Water Street and Daniel Bratt a shopkeeper in Butler Street.
Can anyone shed any light on this family of traders which certainly seems to have disappeared from today's shopping streets? Also any ideas on whether all these Bratts were related and who their parents were would be greatly appreciated.