Charles Coggans workforce Circa 1923
Top row: Harry Morley, Lewis Freeman, Mr Worthington (Willie's dad), Neville Morley, Ernest Fisher, Harry Dovey, Howard Binch, Harold Turton, Lloyd Meads, Harry Holmes (?), Nelson Binch.
Second row: Edie (Smith) Burrows, Nell Meads, Elsie Meads, Doris, Binch, Peck, Ada Morley,Winnie Pembury, Elsie Taylor, Kate Richardson, Mr Stretton, Joyce Coxon, Ida Dovey, Doll (Gretton) Binch, Alice (Jenkins) Kirkham, Beatie Worthington, Madge Wells (Oxton), Beatie (Smith) Lee, Dick Fisher, Agnes Binch, Jessie Rowett, Ivy Clayton, Lena Marriott.
Third row: Ivy Worthington, Fred (Smith) Bardil, Tinklers (Epperstone) x2, Lucy (Martin) Beardall, ?, Clare Jubb, Dinah Turton, Lilian Grocock, Evelyn Greaves (Woodborough), Hilda (Morley) Richardson, Mabel (Meads) Pembury, Marion (Carter) Wood, Doris (Bardill) Foster, Marion (Meads) Dovey,Bina Orange, Violet Bishop, Bertha Harrison, Ivy Gretton, Mabel Lee, Alice Jubb, Alice & Lil (peeping between), Mary Wells, Ida (Bardill) Snowden, Sally Smith, Dick Peake.
Fourth row: Lil Bardill, Ivy (Meads) Sulley, Annie (Brown) Richardson, Iris Swift, Dolly Bishop, Reby Brown, Florrie (Wright) Alvey, Gladys Beardall, Ethel (Smith) Fisher, Ada Worthington, Izzie Meads, Nell Marriott, Mabel (Holmes) Winfield, Mary Coxon, Violet Binch, Ann Richardson, Rosie Hind, Ethel Hind, Mabel Marriott, Maisie Freeman, Elsie Clayton.
Fifth Row: Gladys Keys, Gladys Bishop, Ada (Cooper) Skevington, Harold Fisher, Arthur Lee, Jack Morley, Bebe Middup (Woodborough), Ethel (in hat) Lambley, Sybil Turton?, Archie Bardill, Gertie Hempsall, Sam Fisher, Alice Brooks, Hilda Lee, Mrs Clipsham, ?, ?, George Birch (behind), Wilfred Clayton, Howard Meads, Willie Worthington, Ida Swift, George Meads, ?, Sylvia Clipsham (in front), Sam Jubb, Hannah Cooper, Ivy Bardill, Alice Marriott.
Botton row: Jim Morley, W Bardill, D Worthington, Matthew Meads, J Clayton, Maurice Cooper, Frank Turton, Walter Hempsall, Tom Cooper, Mac Lee, Eric Meads, D Worthington, Percy Richardson, Bill Beardall, Dick Bardill, ?, Hilda Rowett, Joe Worthington, Mr Hempsall.
According to some of the villagers who worked for him, he was "A man of unusual merit"........."A gentleman among employers"......"One in the lead as far as Welfare for his workmen was concerned". He provided a reading room and a small library and made sure that excursions to other counties were arranged for the enjoyment of his employees. Over a hundred years ago this was indeed far-sighted. An interesting item comes to light in some deeds held in Calverton Museum. Charles Coggan acquired the Stockinger's Cottages on South Terrace in which lived Matthew Shepherd who was the headmaster of Labray school from 1821-1862.
Matthews son, the next headmaster, lived there too, followed by various occupants, until in October 1915 Mr Coggan installed six stockingers, namely Nelson Binch, James Binch, William Binch, Frederick Gaitson, James Gaitson and Thomas Birds. Charles Coggan found employment for many villagers in the hosiery industry and was held in great respect by those who worked in the factory. He died in 1940 at the age of 88....the factory has subsequently been owned and used by Meridian, Rowleys and Courthaulds.