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    Stamford Shoe Works of John Gamble and sons, built about 1890. not much info i can find about this place other than the obvious, a shoe manufacturer.

    Boots and shoes in Wigston

    Up to the 1850ís the people of Wigston, like the rest of the population walked
    the streets and lanes in 'Handmade' boots and shoes. They were bought and
    often made by the local cobbler, who was to be found in every village and
    town. If the footwear was not of local origin, it would almost certainly have
    been made by Northampton shoemakers, who were organised by middlemen
    into a system of outworkers similar to our own Frame Knitting industry.
    Between 1850 and 1900, there was a period of slow mechanisation and
    gradually a factory based production system overtook the industry. The
    resistance of the Northampton workers to accept the new machines and
    factory systems was one of the major reasons for the emergence of the Boot
    and Shoe industry in Leicestershire.

    The right type of skilled labour, due to the decline of Frame Knitting, was
    available, as were the small workshops, which once held the frames. There was
    no resistance to new methods and so as the various shoemaking processes
    became mechanised purpose built factories with the latest machines were
    built. This did not exclude the small handmade trade, nor the small workshop
    specializing in just one process. In Wigston all these aspects of the industry
    were represented, from factories to individual craftsmen. This move into larger
    factories, by the industry, coincided with the development of South Wigston in
    the 1880's and l890's so the shoe factories were located there, while the
    smaller workshop concerns were in Wigston where the old knitting frame
    workshops were found.

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    Wow you found the foot of an unskinned T1000 , thats a real nice report and sterling imagery :)
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    Interesting place, the sink needs a good clean! Nice pics :)
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    Corr, nice pics there mate! You've documented the place beautifully!
    Thanks for sharing your great images!
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    Superb photos,think I might give the wash basin a miss!

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    That pic of the shoe looks as if the shoe is made of metal?

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    Nice shots, looks like there is some interesting looking stuff here

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    looks a bit empty
    but nice

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