A Tribute to

Austin Hopkinson

1879 - 1962

Austin HopkinsonThe plaque is erected on Ryecroft Hall in Audenshaw. Hopkinson was a local industrialist, inventor and MP for Mossley from 1918 to 1929 and again from October 1931 to 1945.

He served in the army in 1900 during the Boer War, in France during the First World War and with the Royal Navy from 1939 until 1942 during the Second World War.

In 1908 Hopkinson invented a revolutionary coal-cutting machine and soon after established a successful company at the Delta Works in Audenshaw to produce these machines.  He was a councillor for Audenshaw Urban District Council from 1917 until 1934, leading the council in 1923-24 and 1928-29.  Before the First World War he lived at Ryecroft Hall but during that conflict it was used as a hospital and in 1920 he presented the Hall to Audenshaw UDC who used it as the Council headquarters.  It is now used by Tameside M.B.C. and the local community.