Click here to return to the main site entry page
Click here to return to the previous page

C.W.S. Shoe Factory
Portland Road

Looking at the cricket shoes

In the factory
Cricket Shoes : Northants fast bowler Frank "Typhoon" Tyson visiting the factory c1956

Factory Fire Brigade

No 34 Date stone
No 34 - we believe this may have been a garage for company cars of
the CWS Boot Factory

Please can you help with more information?

building the offices
The new offices being built in 1920.

W Wood, carpenter, is standing left of the corner post above the gateway, long before any 'Health & Safety' regulations!

Rushden Echo, 17th December 1920

Accident - Mr. W. Sharpe, of Higham-road, whilst at work on the C.W.S. new buildings, Rectory-road, was moving a big stone slab when it slipped from his grasp and fell on to his leg. The stone was quickly removed and Mr. J. Burt rendered first aid. Mr. Sharpe was taken to Dr. Owen's surgery and an examination proved that the injuries were confined to cuts and bruises.

Trade Mark
Trademark of the CWS Boot Company

Rushden Echo, 27th November 1908

C.W.S. The Co-operative Wholesale Society have taken the factory in Victoria-road, recently vacated by Messrs. Knight and Brightwell, and will use it as a stock-room until the extensions at the Portland-road factory are completed.


Click here to return to the main index of features
Click here to return to the Shoe Trade index
Click here to e-mail us