January 26, 1831.

January 3, 1909.

Church of Edward the Confessor, Cheddleton, Staffordshire, England.

Wardle’s parents were Joshua and Mary Wardle. His father owned a silk dyeing business at Cheddleton Heath, which Thomas joined around age 16. Thomas became especially involved in chemical research and development, and, after many years’ work on suitable dyes, he produced a wild Indian tussur silk. In 1872, Wardle bought the Hencroft Dyeworks and the Mill Street Dyeworks in Leek. He and his brother George bought Churnet Works around 1875, and other concerns in the years that followed.

Wardle belonged to the North Staffordshire Field Club, serving as president and vice president for four decades. His other positions included chairmanship of the Silk Association of Great Britain and Ireland, and fellowships of the Royal Society of Chemists, and the Geological Society. He was also heavily involved in local church affairs, particularly in the area of music. In 1897, Queen Victoria knighted him for service to the silk industry.

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