Lotus Factory Workers, Peace Celebrations, Stone

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Date:1919

Description:This group of workers celebrating Peace at the end of World War I are believed to be pictured in the Lotus Ltd. shoe factory in Cross Street, Stone. Handwritten on the reverse is the date July 18th 1919.

Lotus was originally named Bostock's and was founded in the eighteenth century by Thomas Bostock, a cobbler. His three sons started their own factories in Stafford, Stone and Northampton.

Edwin Bostock's original Stafford factory was on Foregate Street. The building was destroyed by fire in 1901, but was rebuilt on Sandon Road in 1903.

In 1919 the three factories amalgamated to become Lotus. The Sandon Road factory was demolished in 1998.

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Source: Mr Bill Kirkland

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