Illustrated talk on the history of Staffords shoe industry
On Wednesday 19th September Gnosall Heritage Group has arranged a talk and presentation on Stafford and Stone's shoe industry, from its medieval origins, its expansion from the late 18th century, to the heyday of Lotus Ltd, and its late 20th century decline. The speaker will be Chris Copp, a local historian with a background working as a senior museums officer at Shugborough for Staffordshire County Council. He has entitled his talk 'Lasting impressions'.
This event will take place in the Grosvenor Centre, High Street, Gnosall, ST20 0EX at 7.30pm. Entry is free of charge and everyone is welcome.
Keith Abbott, Chairman of Gnosall Heritage Group, says: `Chris will explore the stories of some of the local industries and firms which have their origins in boot and shoe making. Our area was well-known for this work, which has sadly now gone. Gnosall people used to be employed making shoes, and there was even a small factory in the village. The Heritage Group thinks this topic will be of interest to many.`
This talk is one of a series organised by Gnosall Heritage Group, which is a constituted voluntary group supported by Gnosall Parish Council. The group has been involved in a number of local projects recently, including archaeological surveys. Their annual Open Day will be on Saturday 17th November this year.