Canteen Staff, Lotus Ltd, Stone

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Date:1957

Description:Canteen staff working at a dance at Lotus Hall, Lotus Ltd., Stone. Six women at the servery with a buffet. Mrs Emily Astbury is second from right, Mrs Twissell is far right.

Bostock’s shoe factory on Cross Street, dating from the 1850s and founded by Thomas Bostock. In 1871 Thomas died and his brother Edwin, who owned the Stafford factory, took on the Stone factory too. In 1919 the company was renamed Lotus Ltd. after its most popular brand. Shoe production at the Stone Lotus site ceased in 1975 and the whole factory was purchased by G.E.C. Meters in 1978. It is now the home of ABB Ltd.

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Donor ref:P2021.019.0043 (37/45991)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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