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Thomas George Tickler (30 September 1852 – 19 January 1938) [1] was an English businessman and Conservative Party politician from Grimsby in Lincolnshire.

Conservative Party (UK) Political party in the United Kingdom

The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom. The governing party since 2010, it is the largest in the House of Commons, with 313 Members of Parliament, and also has 249 members of the House of Lords, 18 members of the European Parliament, 31 Members of the Scottish Parliament, 11 members of the Welsh Assembly, eight members of the London Assembly and 8,916 local councillors.

Grimsby seaport in Lincolnshire, England

Grimsby, also Great Grimsby, is a large coastal English seaport and administrative centre in North East Lincolnshire, on the South Bank of the Humber Estuary, close to where it reaches the North Sea. It ran the largest fishing fleet in the world by the mid-20th century, but fishing declined dramatically after the Cod Wars denied UK access to Icelandic fishing grounds, and the European Union parcelled out fishing quotas in waters within a 200-mile limit of the UK coast to other European countries, in line with its Common Fisheries Policy. Since then Grimsby has suffered post-industrial decline, although food manufacturing has been encouraged since the 1990s. The Grimsby–Cleethorpes conurbation acts as a cultural, shopping and industrial centre for much of northern and eastern Lincolnshire. Grimsby people are called Grimbarians; the term codhead is also used jokingly, often for Grimsby football supporters. Great Grimsby Day is 22 January.



Tickler was the son of George Tickler, a miller from Withern in Lincolnshire . [2] [3] He established his own fruit growers and preservers business, serving as Managing Director (MD) of T.G. Tickler Ltd, which operated from Grimsby and Southall, and was also MD of Heathcote Pottery Ltd of Swadlincote [3] in Derbyshire. He was a Justice of the Peace (J.P) in Grimsby, and for fifteen years he was a member of Grimsby Town Council, serving as Mayor in 1907. [3]

Withern village in United Kingdom

Withern is a village in the civil parish of Withern with Stain, in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated on the A157 road, and 7 miles (11 km) south-east from Louth. Stain was once an independent parish but was combined with Withern when the old church of St John the Baptist was destroyed some centuries ago.

Southall Suburban district in London Borough of Ealing, UK

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Swadlincote town and unparished area in South Derbyshire district, Derbyshire, England

Swadlincote is an English town in Derbyshire, near the borders with Leicestershire and Staffordshire, about 5 miles (8 km) south-east of Burton-upon-Trent, 5 miles (8 km) north-west of Ashby-de-la-Zouch and 12.5 miles (20 km) due south of Derby. It is an unparished area in the South Derbyshire district, of which it is the largest town and administrative centre. Swadlincote also covers the districts of Newhall, Oversetts and Midway, and the contiguous villages of Church Gresley and Woodville. Their combined population is about 36,000. Castle Gresley lies less than 2 miles (3 km) to the south-west and Albert Village 1.5 miles (2 km) to the south, within Leicestershire.

Tickler was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Grimsby at a by-election in May 1914 [4] following the death of the Conservative MP Sir George Doughty. [5] Doughty had held the seat for almost 20 years, with a short break in 1910.

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George Doughty British politician

Sir George Doughty was a British ship-owner and politician from Grimsby in Lincolnshire. He sat in the House of Commons for most of the period from 1895 to 1914.


In 1878 he married his childhood companion, Frances Wells, second daughter of W. T. Wells, of The Hall, Withern. All five of his sons served in the British army and survived WW1. [6]

Ticklers jam

From a small grocery business established in 1877, Tickler soon ran one of the largest factories in Grimsby, producing jam and marmalade. ‘Ticklers Fruit Growers & Preservers’ was taken over in the late 1950s.

At the outbreak of World War I, Ticklers secured a contract with the government to supply front lines with plum-and-apple jam —– a contract worth £1m between 1914 and 1918. Its empty jam tins were used as makeshift grenades referred to as ‘Ticklers artillery’. [6]

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  1. "Tickler, Thomas George". Who Was Who (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2013.(subscription required)
  2. "BYGONES: Successful companies helped Grimsby grow". Grimsby Telegraph. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 Hesilridge, Arthur G. M. (1922). Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1922. London: Dean & Son. p. 156.
  4. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 114. ISBN   0-900178-27-2.
  5. "No. 28831". The London Gazette . 15 May 1914. p. 3922.
  6. 1 2 "Pasture Street. Grimsby: Ticklers Jam Company". BBC News. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir George Doughty
Member of Parliament for Great Grimsby
Succeeded by
Tom Sutcliffe