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A.J. Talbot & Son, boot dealers and manufacturers, Eccleshall

A.J. Talbot and Son's shop on High Street, Eccleshall. They were boot and dealers and manufacturers. As well as bespoke boots and shoes, they made leggings, carried out repairs and stocked Lotus, Ariel, ...

Arthur Hay, Provisioners & Grocers, Derby Street, Leek

Arthur Hay's grocer's shop at 57, Derby Street, Leek. He also had premises on the corner of West Street (no 45) and Picton Street, currently (2020) Squires of Leek, hairdressers . Born in Lincolnshire ...

Bourne & Talbot, grocers and bakers, Eccleshall

Bourne & Talbot's grocers, bakers and confectioners shop on High Street, Eccleshall. The shop opened by 1908 and in 1920 J.E. Bourne sold his business to the Stafford Industrial Co-operative Society. Image ...

Cordwainer's apprenticeship indenture, Stafford

Indenture document on parchment recording the apprenticeship of Henry Dale, aged twelve, to John Osborn of Stafford, Cordwainer. From the Staffordshire County Museum collections.

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 ...

Frank and Esther Austin, Alstonefield

'Cobbler Frank' Austin and his wife. He started his business at Narrowdale then moved to Top of Hope where he mended all the villagers' shoes.

H.J. Gover, photographer, Piccadilly, Hanley

H.J. Gover's artists and photographers shop at 53, Piccadilly, Hanley. Herbert James Gover was born in Clerkenwell, London in 1857. He was the son of Edward J. Gover, draughtsman and author of an ...

Lillie-Mitchell Ltd., piano and music warehouse, High Street, Leek

Lillie-Mitchell Ltd.'s shop on High Street, Leek. The business supplied pianos, organs, phonographs, records and sheet music, as well as a piano tuning and repair service. This substantial looking ...

Lotus factory after demolition, Stafford

The Lotus shoe factory site on Sandon Road during demolition in 1998. The site is now occupied by housing. Lotus was originally named Bostock's and was founded in the eighteenth century by Thomas ...

Lotus shoes sales catalogue

A page from a sales catalogue depicting eight different styles of women's shoes from the "Susi Qs" range manufactured at Lotus Ltd's Sandon Road factory in Stafford.

Lotus shoes sales catalogue

Lotus marketing booklet depicting seven different styles of men's shoes from the " Playbucks " range.

Moulton's milliners,High Street, Eccleshall

Elizabeth Moulton's (nee Sillitoe) millinery shop at Cromwell House, High Street, Eccleshall. Elizabeth's mother, Helen, had a drapery business in the High Street in 1901 and Elizabeth's grandfather, ...

Sam Sykes, Village cobbler, Longnor

Mr Sam Sykes at work in his workshop, Market Street, Longnor.

Shoemaker's heel shave

A shoemaker's all-metal finishing tool. The purpose of this tool is to trim the sides of the heel. This tool belonged to John Ward, a Stafford shoemaker whose premeses were at Rowley Street.

Shoemaker's seat wheel

A shoemaker's tool, used during the finishing process, also known as a bunking wheel. The tool wheel is heated and then run round the top of the sole. This is to enhance the appearance of machine stitched ...

Shoemaker's welt trimmer

A shoemaker's hand tool, used by a Stafford shoe manufacturer. The tool is placed over the edge of a leather sheet and drawn along to cut out the welt strip. The welt is a strong piece of good leather ...

Timson's shoe repair poster advertisment

Shoe repair advertisment showing types of repair and costs. Belonged to Arthur Wheelton of Leek.

Token, Lucas' Tea Warehouse, Stone

A copper farthing token coin advertising Lucas' Genuine Tea Warehouse, Stone. Thomas Lucas started his grocers and tea warehouse business on the High Street in 1820. It continued until his death, aged ...