Joseph Thackeray & Horace Fisher
A prominent road familiar to many in the area, Thackeray’s Lane Arnold is named after local manufacturer and politician Joseph Thackeray and his family. Thackeray, a lace manufacturer, came to Nottingham from Manchester in the 1780s, due to outbreaks of machine breaking around the Lancashire area at that time.
Firmly establishing himself in Nottingham, the business in time passed down from father to son, before ultimately passing to Joseph’s grandson John Lawson Thackeray. The business continued to evolve under the direction of John Lawson Thackeray, with the building and establishing of the large Forest Mills lace factory at Radford in 1840. The products produced at this factory were of an extremely high quality and much sought after; demand for their products was high. At the Great Exhibition held in London in 1851, Thackeray’s lace thread was awarded a Gold Medal, subsequently gaining the family a worldwide reputation for excellence. With such a high honour it soon led to full order books from clients, and in turn, business continued to boom. Around this time, Thackeray took on a partner, Thomas Hickling, and the company continued to trade as Thackeray and Hickling. Thackeray was very mindful of his civic responsibilities and became involved in local politics; he joined the Radford Board of Health which was the forerunner of the local council, becoming its chairman, having been elected to represent the Nottingham Park Ward in 1853. When Radford became a part of the city of Nottingham, Thackeray was elected onto the council and eventually became Alderman. He was inaugurated Mayor of Nottingham in 1853/54 and again in 1866/67. As business continued to flourish, Thackeray decided to expand some of his other interests. In 1858, he became a director and trustee of one of the first building societies, the Nottingham and Midland Counties Permanent Benefit Building Society.