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Freeman, Hardy and Willis

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Advertising sign.
July 1919.
December 1953.
May 1955.

of Lincoln and Northampton.

The shoe retailer was established in 1875, named after three employees of the company.

1876 The company was registered on 20 December, to acquire the business of the firm of the same name, manufacturers of boots, shoes and other leather articles. [1]

1894 Advert. [2]

1903 The business of Rabbits and Sons was taken over.

For many years, there was a branch in nearly every town in the United Kingdom.

1929 Acquired by Sears

Became part of British Shoe Corporation based in Leicester.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. Directory of City of Lincoln, 1894