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Cobbler’s Shop

This exhibit reproduces the shop run by Mr Lawrence Davies in Bristol Street, Wolverhampton and is typical of the many shoe repairers’ shops that thrived, 'one in every street', in the Black Country in the 1930s.

The bench and hand tools belonged to Mr Davies, as did the posters and advertisements displayed in the shop.

Cobblers shop interiorLike other shopkeepers of the period the repairer was open all hours and would be called on by a customer requiring urgent repairs.

The main work of the shoe repairer was re-soling and heeling, but he would also have been called on to do patching, toe capping and re-welting.

A pair of shoes was expected to last for up to ten years and there was always plenty of work for the repairer as customers had their shoes mended many times before they threw them away.

Competition was fierce and so prices for repairs were kept very low, so although busy, few shoe repairers made their fortune in the trade.

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