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Fowell & Jones, Rugeley

Fowell & Jones were manufacturers of cork socks (linings for shoes) and lambswool slippers in the 1920s and 1930s. They occupied the Forward Works in Rugeley, a former corn mill in Mill Lane. Among other products, they made ‘Baggaley’s Premier’ … Continue reading

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Stokes & Co., Tanners, Rugeley

Stokes & Co.’s origins lay with Stephen Stokes and John Negus, a Walsall tannery business founded in 1851. Stokes acquired John Cox’s tannery in Rugeley in 1865, which thereafter became the focus of the company’s leather production. However, the tannery’s … Continue reading

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Edward Pinchess & Co. Ltd., boot and shoe manufacturers, Rugeley

Based in Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, Edward Pinchess & Co. Ltd. opened a branch factory in Mill Lane, Rugeley in 1945. Founded in the 1890s, the company’s Earl Shilton factory had been heavily hit by war-time requisitions of its premises and … Continue reading

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