When Mark Hindley saw the article about Sovereign Confectionery Company (August 08 issue of Lowton & Golborne Local), it meant an awful lot to him and his young family. He is the only grandson of Fred Hindley, owner of the hugely successful company with his brother Tom around 1920. Mark’s parents William and Sybil (nee Prescott) met while working at the factory – William in despatch and Sybil on the hotplates.
The company exported sweets all over Europe and created the recipe for the famous Everton Mints, which they sold to Barker and Dobson for an undisclosed sum. Such was the company’s reputation, they were asked by Buckingham Palace to store the Royal Car used by the King and Queen on visits when they travelled by train.
Fred died aged just 36 and the company was sold soon afterwards. Six year old William and his mum Hilda left "Five Acres," the huge house they had built which still stands on Kenyon Lane. Although his grandfather’s will shows he died a wealthy man, it is not clear why the factory was then sold to a seating manufacturer or what became of the company's fortune.
If you worked at Sovereign, Mark would love to hear from you, especially if you knew his granddad who he never met. He can be contacted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Lowton & Golborne Local.
Mark with wife Lynn and children Katie and Alex. Now in Mark’s garden, the plaque donated by the Sovereign workers as a "token of esteem" for his grandfather Fred was originally displayed at the entrance to the factory.