Queen Mother's Visit to Lotus Shoe Factory, Stafford

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Date:October 1953

Description:The Queen Mother speaking with workers at the Lotus Shoe factory on Sandon Road. She is accompanied by James Bostock, Chairman and Managing Director of Lotus and High Sheriff of the County.

During her tour of the factory visit the Queen Mother visited all of the departments, and officially opened a new closing room conveyor belt which was to carry finished shoes. A gold bag made from kid was used to carry the first pair of shoes on the belt.

Employees who had worked at Lotus for over forty years were allowed to stand in a special section of the factory yard, and all retired workers were invited back for the occasion.

Prior to her Lotus visit the Queen mother officially opened Blithfield Reservoir and had lunch at Blithfield Hall.


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1890s
Portrait of Frederick Bostock, Stafford,
Portrait of Frederick Bostock, Stafford,

1910s
Football Club, Bostock's Shoe Works, Stafford,
Football Club, Bostock's Shoe Works, Stafford,

Edwin Bostock's shoe factory was originally in Foregate Street, Stafford, but was ...

1930s
Lotus Display Stand, Kenya Trade Fair,
Lotus Display Stand, Kenya Trade Fair,

Lotus was originally named Bostock's and was founded in the eighteenth century by ...

1950s
Cardboard innersole. Lasting department, Shoe manufacturing
Cardboard innersole. Lasting department, Shoe manufacturing

Cardboard innersole, and metal shank in position. The metal shank resists excessive ...

1980s
Lotus Shoe Factory Interior, Stafford
Lotus Shoe Factory Interior, Stafford

Lotus was originally named Bostock's and was founded in the eighteenth century by ...

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Image courtesy of: Staffordshire County Records Office

Donor ref:County Record Office No., 5593/47/17, img: 580 (18/1114)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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