Career Changing

At this time everything went wrong for him in his uncle’s business. His uncle’s son who was now old enough to work was brought into the family business. His uncle also took to drink and became an alcoholic. John had a huge argument with his uncle that ended in a...

Comedy Theatre

In 1885 John became director of the Comedy Theatre Manchester and during the same year he began teaching children to dance. His early pupils practised for hours every Saturday afternoon amongst the bales of cotton in one of the firm’s warehouses. He also taught at his...

Father

At 19 his girlfriend, Mary Carr told him she was pregnant and he married young, having 10 children in 11 years. By this time John Tiller was a full partner in the cotton business and he was living in a large house like his uncle. He also pursued his theatrical...

Captain of Industry

One of John’s uncles, John George Tiller, owned a very successful Cotton agency, (one of the largest in Manchester) and was very wealthy, with a huge house and servants, John made up his mind that he wanted the same life style. He got on very well with his uncle who...

Royal Command

The Tiller Girls’ performed for King George V and Queen Mary in 1912 at their first Royal Command Performance, going on to appear in a further 24 shows.