The Wheatleys’ of Evesham

With the help of a descendant of the family a potted history of the Evesham dynasty of the Wheatleys’ is now in place and charts some one hundred and fifty years of trade in the bootmaking and footwear retailing in the Evesham area.

William Wren & Co Ltd

Just added, a potted history of William Wren & Co Ltd. From humble beginnings in Northampton the company grew steadily to become a well respected household polish brand, becoming part of the Chiswick/Reckitt/Sara Lee empires and ultimately just a brand name in a portfolio.

Carr & Day & Martin Ltd

Just added, a potted history of Carr & Day & Martin now been added. The earliest and biggest company in the UK to commercially exploit manufactured blacking, it was a monumentally wealthy company in the early 1800’s…

White cleaners

The coverage of white cleaners on this website has been expanded with examples from several manufacturers across a century of production.

Dales’ Gold Medal Dubbin

A new addition to the website are a couple of pages about Dales’ dubbin, rather curiously made from porpoise oil. There is some historical film footage too about the production of porpoise oil too!

Properts Ltd updates

Information about Propert’s has been updated somewhat with all the information cleaned so far. Itd great to know their 1878 building is not only still standing but in good use still.