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The Shoe Trade

hobnailed boots Operation of the sole press circa 1950 Grenson's shoes on display
A line of hobnailed boots - postcard
Sole Press c1950
Grenson's - finished samples

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1914 & 1916 Biographical Directories
Glossary Index of early or small companies

Shoe Trade - Victoria County History

Ager & Badham
Rushden's Boot Pioneer

Allebone & Sons Ltd - mainpage

Shoemaking Before Machinery

Bignells Ltd.

The Growth of the Shoe Industry (A-Level Study)

Growth of the Shoe Trade (College Study 1958)

Charles Bull & Co Ltd

The Rise & Fall of the Shoe Trade

Henry Bull

(includes interactive maps feature)
John Cave and Sons
Factory Survey - 23 York Road
"Hearts & Soles"

Ebenezer Claridge & Sons

J & C Claridge Ltd
Wm Claridge
Factory Collections for Miss Wooding - 1898

Clarke T T - Bespoke Boots

Rushden & its Industry 1891 & 1900

Clarke & Co

Boot School 1900

William Colson & Co

Factories in 1901

Co-op Wholesale Society

New Factories - 1908 & Index
Skill Competition 1908
Boot & Shoe Trades Journal 1914
Shoe & Leather News Biographical Directory 1916 Coxton Shoe Co.
Making a Shoe - with glossary of shoe trade terms

Nathaniel Crick

Boot & Shoe School 1928

Cunnington Bros.

B Denton (includes interactive e-book)

Employees Fund 1898
Trade Union
D B Shoes Ltd
Dilks & Martin

Double 'M' Shoemakers 1982

Eaton & Co
Amalgamated Soc. of Leather Workers
Shoe craft in wartime 1944
Boot Trades Association 1948

Fine Art Shoe Co (includes e-book)

Footwear Manufacturers 1847-1940

Fox's Shoes

Rivetters & Finishers Green & Coe
Shoe Manufacturers' Association Grenson
Boot & Shoe - Managers' & Foremen's Assoc.
A History of the Shoetrade - F J Sharwood
1955 Employment figures

William Hewitt

Automation - not yet 1956

James Hyde Ltd

Pensions Act 1959 C W Horell Ltd
Decline - 1960s
Careers 1973
Shoe Industry 1973-1981 (School Study) James Hyde Ltd
Caring for Shoes

Jaques & Clark

Rushden Shoe Trade Map 1982
News Clips

Jaques & Son


Fred Knight

Imports and Exports 1881
Army Boot Trade 1898
Wages - 1898 Knight Bros.
War Time Trade 1914

Knight & Lawrence Ltd

Joseph Knight
B Ladds
The Export Trade 1924
Unemployment 1925 Lofty Slipper Co. Ltd
Shoe Trade in WWII Midland Ballet Shoe Co. Ltd.
New Industry Needed Nurrish & Pallett
Shoe & Leather Fair 1954 Premier Boot Company
700 jobs to fill Prestige Footwear
BBSI 1969 Robinson Bros.
Shoetrade - Recession Robinson & Corby

Sanders & Sanders

Leather Trades & Directories
Biographical Directory 1914
Biographical Directory 1916
Leather Trades Directories - Index
Trade Directories in Genealogy Section Alfred Sargent
Leather Trades Dinner 1881

Walter Sargent

Allied Trades
Allied traders

Adhesive Supplies

Box makers

Selwood & Co.
Steadfast Boot Co.
R Tarry & Co Ltd.


Heel Makers

Tuffrey's Bespoke Boot Works

Tyzown Boot Company

West Brothers

John White

C K Woods

Victoria Leather Company
Leather Merchants Victoria Shoe Company
George Warner Ltd

Wear & Waterproof Leather Co.

Wilkins and Denton - "Totectors"
Mercers Wilmott, H E & Co
Horace Wright - Summit Works
Pattern & Knife Makers

Repairers Shoe Machinery
Standard Rotary Machine Co Ltd
British United Shoe Machinery Co.
Central Machinery Co. Ltd
Cox & Wright (includes interactive e-book)
Sock makers

Fred Hawkes

Norris Industries
Soles and Insoles


Slugging Machine 1901

Stain & Polish

Slugging Machine 1907

E Salmon & Co - Engineers 1904

Supplying the Power

Shoe Trade Failures
for Bankruptcies see Index in Commerce

Sharp & Corbett - 1881

Tanning Perkins & Eden - 1893
Lawrence Shoes Ltd 1956

Accidents Memories of the "BU" - Richard Hall

Fatality at Tannery 1923

Shoe Trade - 1930s Reg Roberts


Shoe Trade in the 1950s

Workmen's Compensation

Jack Tear

Jaques & Clark - Margaret Goodwin

Health & Welfare

Ron Hunt at Tecnic

Nursing Association

Reg Bird - Working in the Shoe Trade

Hospital Contributions

Paul Roberts at Wilkins & Denton

Trades Hospital and Convalescent Home Fund


Flu 1970

Starting Work - Hubert Dickens

Starting Work - Doris Watts


Chapman's - Jean Ashton

Penn and Simmons Ltd

Jim Matthews - A Life in the Shoe Trade (includes audio clips)

J Darnell & Son

Memories of John White's - Eileen Wood

Adverts - small traders

Memories of John White's - Gloria Wallis

Alan Harper - Shoe Trade Memories

Shoe Trade Miscellany

Sam Roughton


Shoe Trade - Louie Arnsby

Town for Hard Work - 1955

Strong & Fisher - office - 1980s

Canadians Visit - 1944

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