John Herbert Wrigley, Esq. of Douglas House, Worthington was the co-inventor with Alexander Melville of the Rigmel cotton shrinking method, one of the earliest ways of preshrinking cotton. Both men were working at the Standish Company in Wigan (now in Greater Manchester, England) at a time when the public was demanding unshrinkable cotton fabrics despite the Depression. Machines using their design were soon in operation in branches of the Bradford Dyers’ Association in the United Kingdom, Egypt and the United States of America.
Mr. Wrigley held at least five patents, all associated with textiles.