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Coronation Decorations, Lotus Shoe Factory, Stafford,

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 ...

Cutting Room, Lotus Shoe Factory, Stone

The Lotus factory on Longton Road manufactured ladies' shoes. The cutting room was where the various shapes required to make up a shoe were cut from sheets of leather. Lotus was originally named Bostock's ...

Dance at Lotus Hall, Lotus Ltd, Stone

View from behind servery of canteen staff serving buffet to guests at a dance at Lotus Hall, Lotus Ltd., Stone. Bostock’s shoe factory on Cross Street, dating from the 1850s and founded by Thomas Bostock. ...

Dancing Class, Lotus Shoes, Stafford

Group of female workers from Lotus participating in a dance and exercise class on the company's sports field on Sandon Road. They appear to be wearing Dutch costume. Lotus, like many other companies, ...

David and Emma Hollin, Highfield Manor, Stafford

Photograph of David Hollin (1844-1916) and his wife Emma (1842-1926) in the gardens of Highfield Manor, Stafford. Highfield Manor, built in 1880, was on Newport Road and was demolished in 1967. The ...

Design Award, Lotus Ltd, Stafford

Left to right: Don Vickers (Head of the Design Centre), Eileen Crosby, John Morris, Paul Gimbert, Trevor Lockley, John Rowbottom, Chris Hopkins (Head Designer). Lotus was originally named Bostock's ...

Design Centre, Lotus Ltd., Stafford

John Morris at his desk in the Design Centre at Lotus Ltd.'s shoe factory on Sandon Road, Stafford. John moved from the Stone factory when it closed to work in the company's Design Centre. He was later ...

Design Department, Lotus Ltd., Stafford

Don Vickers pictured in the Design Department at the Lotus Shoe Factory in Stafford. This photograph was taken by Stafford photographer Tony Boydon. Lotus was originally named Bostock's and was founded ...

Directors of Keats and Bexon, Stafford

Directors, staff and family outside the Keats and Bexon factory main gate, Corporation Street. John and William Keats set up a company manufacturing shoe making machinery on Gaol Road in the 1870s ...

Dove shoe polish tins

Spic and Span Shoe Polishes Ltd. was established in Glover Street on 3 June 1932. The company was partly owned by Lotus Ltd., the shoe manufacturers. In 1938 the company, under the directorship of ...

Edge iron tool. Finishing department, shoe manufacturing

Edge irons are used to set the edge of the sole, to smooth it and imprint a desired shape on it. This process is done by running the heated tool, under pressure, along the edge of the leather sole and ...

Edwin Bostock & Co. Ltd. trade marks, Stafford

Inlay from an Edwin Bostock & Co. Ltd. overseas trade catalogue which shows trade marks of the company in about 1915. The trade marks illustrated are: Flexilis, Lyric Brand, Cosmos, Ariel, Iris, Lotus, ...

Electric Generators, Lotus Shoe Factory, Stafford,

Generators manufactured by English Electric Co. which powered the Lotus shoe factory on Sandon Road. The Sandon Road factory was demolished in 1998. English Electric was formerly Siemens Bros., who ...

Employees outside Bostock's Shoe Factory, Stafford,

Edwin Bostock's shoe factory was originally in Foregate Street, Stafford, but was destroyed by fire in 1901. This resulted in a new factory being built on Sandon Road, which opened in 1903. Bostock's ...

English Electric Co. factory floor, Stafford

Working at the bench at the front is Arthur Chatfield. Siemens Bros. Electrical Engineering Works opened its Lichfield Road factory in 1903, after relocating from Woolwich with 800 of its employees. ...

Factory shop, Lotus Ltd, Stafford

The Lotus Ltd. factory shop at Lotus's shoe factory on Sandon Road, Stafford. Lotus was formerly Edwin Bostock's shoe factory, which was on Foregate Street, Stafford. The factory was destroyed by ...

Female employees modelling shoes, Lotus, Stafford

Women modelling London shoes manufactured by Lotus Ltd. Standing first from left is Ida Bradshaw (nee Cartwright) who lived on Alliance Street before she was married. Lotus was originally named Bostock's ...

Female Employees Modelling Shoes, Lotus, Stafford

Women modelling London shoes manufactured by Lotus. Standing first from left is Ida Bradshaw (nee Cartwright) who lived on Alliance Street before she was married. Lotus was originally named Bostock's ...