The Queen visits Churchs shoe factory, St James Northampton on a whistle-stop county visit in 1965

Looking Back : How shoe factories put the sole into Northampton

Northampton has been synonymous with the manufacture of boots and shoes for nearly nine centuries

With its plentiful supply of oak bark and water for tanning, a top quality supply of leather from locally-reared cattle and its location in the centre of the country for trade, Northamptonshire has proved the ideal place to allow shoemaking to flourish

Actor Stanley Baker at Manfield shoe factory, in Wellingborough Road Northampton, November 7, 1957

5. Film star Stanley Baker has a go at using one of the machines in Manfield shoe factory

Actor Stanley Baker at Manfield shoe factory, in Wellingborough Road Northampton, November 7, 1957
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Staff in the closing room at Lotus Shoes factory in Newland, Northampton June 5, 1962

6. Lotus Shoes closing room

Staff in the closing room at Lotus Shoes factory in Newland, Northampton June 5, 1962
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On a fact-finding visit in December 4, 1959 four Ghanaian MPs tour Barratts shoe factory in Northampton

7. MPs visit Barratt's shoe factory

On a fact-finding visit in December 4, 1959 four Ghanaian MPs tour Barratts shoe factory in Northampton
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Mrs Gertrude Tebbutt is presented with a gift at Allinsons shoe factory, Clare Street Northampton December 1966

8. Gift for Gertrude

Mrs Gertrude Tebbutt is presented with a gift at Allinsons shoe factory, Clare Street Northampton December 1966
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