Family plumbing firm marks 90 years in Pendle

Padgetts and the Mayor of Pendle at their exhibition.

Padgetts and the Mayor of Pendle at their exhibition.

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A family is celebrating running a highly-successful plumbing firm in Pendle for the past 90 years.

Arthur Padgett Ltd of Leeds Road, Nelson, is hosting an exhibition of much of their material this week – including old toilets and taps!

Padgetts' 90th birthday cake.

Padgetts' 90th birthday cake.

And you can see it today in The Barn at Pendle Heritage Centre in Barrowford.

Up to four generations of Padgetts have been involved in the firm and they had a celebration and exhibition launch on Sunday at the Heritage Centre.

Edward Padgett and his brother Colin are joint directors, along with Dan Haythornthwaite and Phil Cox.

Edward hosted the launch and said: “Thank you to all customers, colleagues and past and present staff for coming here.”

Padgetts' old toilet collection.

Padgetts' old toilet collection.

The Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Smith Benson, then spoke. He said: “Arthur Padgett became an apprentice plumber in 1913, aged 14. In 1924 he then started this new firm. I wish you another 100 years!”

Among the guests were Arthur Padgett’s sons – Harry, Alan and Donald. And they were joined by Dennis Speak, president of Nelson and Colne Master Plumbers Association.

As well as Edward and Colin, there is another family member – Edward’s son Henry, who has won a top apprentice award at Burnley College.

And the firm was given a national apprenticeship award a few months ago by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Their exhibition includes toilets made back in the 1880s and 90s, with some more recent.

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