Friday, 6 August 2010

The Metropolitan Boot Company

With such a grand name, you could be forgiven for thinking the Metropolitan Boot Company was one of Britain's largest shoemakers or retailers. Yet this wasn't the case and books about the industry hardly ever mention it. So when they proclaimed there were 'Branches Everywhere', maybe they only meant across northeast London. I once came across a picture of a Shoreditch High Street taken in the early twentieth century. One of the shops there belonged to the Metropolitan Boot Company.

Tottenham Seven Sisters West Green Road ghost sign Metropolitan boot company
Boot Co. Ltd

This sign was painted twice but the text remained the same. There was slightly more space between the on the original version.

Location: West Green Road / Picture taken: 04/06/2008

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