Category Archives: Boot & shoe making companies

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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Mason & Marson

Frederick Marson was operating as a shoe manufacturer in Stafford in the 1870s. The company of Mason and Marson first appear in local directories in 1888, when they were operating as boot and shoe manufacturers at 74 Eastgate Street. The … Continue reading

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Invogue Shoes of Stone

Invogue was the only shoe manufacturer apart from Lotus Ltd. to survive beyond the Second World War. By 1932 the company, which belonged to the Reinli family, had taken over Perry’s shoe factory which stood behind 59 High Street. Perry’s … Continue reading

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Richard Podmore & Son

Richard Podmore was born in Sandon in 1815, the son of an agricultural labourer. Richard was apprenticed to Edward Lloyd, shoemaker, in Stafford. The 1841 census records him as a shoemaker living in Union Buildings on Gaol Road. He is … Continue reading

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Edward Lloyd & Son

Edward Lloyd began his shoemaking business in Stafford in about 1828, and became one of the town’s most successful businesses in the later 19th century. He was born in Birmingham in 1803, and was making shoes in Stafford by 1823. … Continue reading

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C.H. Riley & Son

The closure of C.H. Riley’s Albion Works factory on Marston Road in 1957 left Lotus Ltd. as the sole surviving boot and shoe manufacturer in Stafford. The company’s origins dated from 1864, when William Wycherley set up business as a … Continue reading

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Making a Shoe in a factory, 1938

Factory methods, heavily mechanised, greatly changed the shoemaking process. Described here are some of the stages needed in the Goodyear welted shoe process during the 1930s. Anything between 100 and 200 separate operations could be involved, virtually all performed by … Continue reading

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James Dyche Ltd.

James Dyche Ltd., later Cook & Dyche, were one of only five boot and shoe manufacturers to survive into the 1950s. They were typical of the smaller companies in the town, employing 58 people in 1939. James Dyche was born … Continue reading

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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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