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Frederick Riley Ltd., Stafford

Sales increased and the business grew, and they concentrated on making high quality women’s shoes under the ‘Gainsborough’ brand. As with many other manufacturers in the late 19th century, shoes at this time were largely made either by rivetting on … Continue reading

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Richard Vernon of Stone

In Stone, Richard Vernon was second only to the Bostocks in the boot and shoemaking trade. He was born in 1812, the son of George Vernon, cordwainer of Church Street, Stone. The 1841 census shows he was working as a … Continue reading

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David Hollin

David Hollin became one of the most successful of Stafford’s shoe manufacturers, and like many others, his origins were humble. Born in Crewe in 1844, his first job was as a messenger for the Staffordshire Advertiser. He was then apprenticed … Continue reading

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William Horton

William Horton (1750-1832) was born in Stafford, the son of Walter Horton, a shoemaker. He started his book and shoemaking business in 1767, and is generally regarded as the founder of Stafford’s shoe trade. Before the Napoleonic Wars he had … Continue reading

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