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The Coxton Shoe Company

The factory in Rectory Road - the three bays from left, are the Boot & Shoe School - adjoined in 1928.
It was later used by the NPP Co. (photo 2010)

trade mark letter head
Trade mark (above) 1948 letter head (left)

Mr T W Cox
Mr C J Newton

The Coxton Shoe Co., established in 1912, by Mr T W Cox and Mr C J Newton, on the Rock Estate in Rushden, and in 1914 built a new factory in Rectory Road.

Their early market was across the United Kingdom and the Empire: Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Rushden Echo, 25th October 1912

Business Development—As stated in our last week’s issue, Mr. T. W. Cox and Mr. C. J. Newton, who are holding important positions in the firm of Messrs. John Cave and Sons, will shortly start business for themselves as boot manufacturers. At a meeting of the directors of Messrs. John Cave and Sons the resignations of Mr. Newton and Mr. Cox were received with regret, and these gentlemen, who before their final decision had been asked to reconsider their notices, were the recipients of the hearty good wishes of the directorate. Mr. Newton and Mr. Cox have taken Mr. Holton’s factory on the Rock Estate and are having extensions made. Machinery is to be put in with a capacity for 1000 to 1500 pairs of boots a week. We wish the new venture every success.

[July 1895: plan passed for workshop and leather store in Lawton Road, for J Holton. Mr Joshua Holton of Northampton owned the factory in Allen Road in 1910 - see inquest on Ernest Shatford]

Rushden Echo, 15th November 1912

Parting Social at Rushden
Messrs. Cox and Newton Entertain Messrs. Cave and Sons’ Staff

The staff of Messrs. John Cave and Sons, Ltd., Rushden, were on Friday evening entertained in the Alfred-street schools by Messrs. Cox and Newton, who, as previously reported in our columns, are leaving that firm to start in business on their own account.

The company first of all sat down to an excellent and ample repast provided by Mrs. James and staff, of the Waverley Hotel, following which an excellent programme of music was given......

Rushden Echo, 2nd October, 1914, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Increasing Trade - Important Business Developments - New Buildings

The Coxton Shoe Company have purchased the premises in Rectory-road now in possession and occupation of the Central Machinery Company in order to successfully cope with their greatly increased general trade, but more especially the large military contracts secured from the British and French Governments. This acquisition will enable the company to do more than double their present output.

The Central Machinery Co., owing to their constantly increasing business, are erecting at once more commodious premises, on land at the north corner of the Rectory-road and Victoria-road, the contract for which has been let to Mr. R. Marriott, who is commencing building at once. We also understand that the Central Machinery Company have purchased the premises lately occupied by Messrs. George Selwood and Co., in Harborough-road.

Extract from a Military Tribunal in May 1918

Albert John Blackwell, 32, Grade 3, sole cutter on the Revolution press for the Coxton Shoe Co. Exemption for six months and the V.C.T. conditions excused owing to the grade. Mr. Cox said that Blackwell was in hospital as the result of an accident with the press.

1958 advert

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