The Bostock family brought 'Lotus Shoes' to Stafford. Thomas Bostock was the founder of the Bostock/Lotus Shoe manufacturing dynasty. He was the son of a Derbyshire Cordwainer and was apprenticed to his father as a shoemaker.
By 1820 he was making boots and shoes in Gaolgate Street and by 1834 he employed 200 men.
His son Edwin took over the business in 1837.
Boot and shoe making in Staffordshire