The firm was formed in 1900 and its imposing Dallas Street factory – where boots and women’s shoes were made – was a landmark building which stood proudly on the gateway into the town centre for many decades.
The footwear industry slowed in the area and in July 2004 came the sad news that Shoe Co would close.
A Chad photographer visited Shoe Co in 1983 and captured what it was like to work there, and images of some of the many staff at work that day.
Have a look through and see who you can spot.
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