Category Archives: Strike

Strikes and sewing machines

Before 1855, most shoemaking processes took place in people’s homes, with outworkers carrying out work in their own houses. Women and children would sew together the leather uppers, made from pieces of thin leather, while men would carry out the … Continue reading

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Trade Unions

Early workers’ organisations Early trade societies in Stafford and Stone appear to have been friendly societies, which provided benefits for members and their families when they were sick or unemployed. There were a number of these organisations in the 1850s, … Continue reading

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Lotus Ltd

For most of its life, Lotus Ltd was the biggest shoe manufacturer in Stafford and Stone. The closure of the Stafford factory in late 1998 effectively ended the area’s long history of shoemaking. The company’s origins lie with Thomas Bostock … Continue reading

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History of Shoemaking in Britain – Napoleonic Wars and the Industrial Revolution

Shoemaking during the Napoleonic Wars and the Industrial Revolution. Continue reading

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