18 thoughts on “The Public Benefit Boot Companys shop, Stockton

  1. Juanita, I purchased a Public Benifit boot Co.shoe horn at an antique shop near Barberton, Ohio. I live in Carrollton, Ohio.I paid $2.00 for it .My husband and I think it’s a neat piece.

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  2. On walking my dog down a country lane, a small piece of broken glazed china/crockery caught my eye in the grass verge. It has a circular printed logo on it with the wording The Public Benefit Boot Company, reg trademark no.31545 and in the centre a horse pulling a boot upon a trailer.. a man on top of the boot with a whip. Was amazed to see the site. Does anyone know of any china advertising the company?

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  3. I too have a tin and shoe horn advertising the Pulic Benefit boot Company. My father was manager of the Stockton repair factory situated at 15 Norton Road (now the New Royal Dragon Cafe). He started with the company in Liverpool before being moved to Doncaster, Sunderland and finally to Stockton in 1937 when I was six. The factory did the boot and shoe repairs for all the retail shops all over the North-east including the “Benifit” shop in the High Street managed by Mr Jack Bentley. In 1949/50 the factory was closed and my father started up his own business in Church Rd in the premises originally occupied by Bill Beatty (cycle shop), then in the early 1960`s this property was demolished to build the new Stockton Baths.

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  4. I also have a shoe horn from the Public Benefit Boot company. The image of the horse and wagon carring a large boot with the whip standing in the boot, is marked Registered trade mark No31545. At the small end of the horn it is stamped Made in Saxony! Is this the horns or the boots. What is the connection?

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  5. I too have a Public benefit boot company shoe horn engraved with a picture of a horse, & cart. It is part of a collection of antiques I have collected over the years. I can send you a photo if you like. I am intriqued and would like to know more about this item, have you learned any more about it? Charlie

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  6. I was interested to see Ann Yorath post here, saying that here grandfather was Brown Dickinson. He was my great grandfather”s brother. I would love to get in touch if that”s possible.

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    • Hi Sally
      I am in touch with the grandson of Brow Dickinson. He lives in Hertfordshire. I feel sure he would love to hear about you. he may know of Ann Yorath I suspect he does. Please contact me and I have a website on the Public Benefit Boot Company which is accessed by typing in Public Benefit Boot company. You will find lots of information, there is a contact form at the end too. The website is brand new as I have completely updated, have also removed the old website on the same subject.

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  7. There is a very well illustrated book on this company. It is titled ‘Well-Heeled – the remarkable story of The Public Benefit Boot Company’ by Brian Seddon and David L Bean, published by Phillimore. There is also a very good website with photos, biographical notes, list of branches, managers and shareholders.

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  8. I would like to echo Sandra Vint”s comments – my associate Brian Seddon from Australia and I wrote and published a book through Phillimore and company on the Public benefit Boot Co.

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  9. I have with found in grandad”s box a shoehorn with Public benefit boot company engraved along with a picture of a horse and boot (cart) any info please.

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  10. In thirty years from one small shop which William Henry Franklin opened in Hull in 1875 the Public Benefit Boot Company grew into a national empire of 200 boot stores and factories. If you Google “public benefit boot company” most of the questions on this page will be answered.

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  11. I have a Public Benefit Boot Company square tin. It says “container made in England” and has all kinds of pictures and information on it including a long list of branches. Could this truly be an antique box or is it most likely a replica of some kind? I can send pictures or more information. If you can give me any additional information I would truly appreciate it

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  12. I am hoping you may be able to help me to research some detail of a button hook of The Public Benefit Company. Was the Company established to supply boots to those on Poor Relief? Does the Stockton Shop still exist? How can I find out more? Many thanks

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  13. my grandfather – brow dickinson – was the founder and chairman of the benefit company. There exist a number of company magazines from the period.

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  14. We”ve found an old Boot Hook with the address. Boot Company, Oldham St., Manchester. Does anyone know where we may find info on the Manchester site.

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