Category Archives: Associated industries

Tanners and Curriers

Tanning is the process of turning animal skin into leather. Currying is the process of improving the quality and appearance of leather after it has been tanned. Tanners and curriers provided the leather shoemakers needed to make boots and shoes. … Continue reading

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Universal Grinding Wheel Co Ltd

The origins of Universal go back to Rooper & Harris Ltd’s Castle Works factory, founded in 1893. They produced a number of abrasive products, including some for finishing processes in the shoe industry, and in 1913 a new works was … Continue reading

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Vik Supplies Ltd

Vik Supplies Ltd was formed in Stafford in 1912 by Lotus Ltd as the Patent Non-splitting Wood Heel Co Ltd. The name was changed in 1921 to Vik Heels Ltd, and again in 1930 to Vik Supplies Ltd. The company … 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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Stafford Tool & Die

In 1957 the Engineering division of Lotus Ltd was subject to a management buy out, and a new company, Stafford Tool and Die, set up a factory on Rowley Street, Stafford. The company continued to supply the shoe industry, specialising … Continue reading

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