Category Archives: Boot & shoe making companies

Thomas Benson Elley

Elley’s of Stafford were one of the largest businesses working in the area’s leather industry in the mid 19th century. In the 1860s they had branches in Stone, Northampton and Kettering. They were involved in a wide range of leather … 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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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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Jen Shoes

Jen Shoes are one of the few companies from Stafford’s shoe making heyday to survive into the 21st century. The company’s origins date back to William Jennings (born 1811) who started a shoemaking business in St Mary’s churchyard, Stafford in … Continue reading

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W.H. Peach & Co

William Henry Peach had begun his shoemaking business on North Street, Stafford by 1881, when he employed 71 men, 41 women and 11 girls. The company had moved to new premises on George Street by 1888, and moved again to … Continue reading

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