Public Benefit Boot Company – Edgware Road

Recently ebay had a photograph featuring the Public Benefit Boot Company’s shop at 125 Edgware Road. I’m not aware of any photographs in existence showing the store and since the photograph was in quite poor condition, the blemishes, imperfections and patches which badly marred it were removed to make it more presentable.
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The main frontage was along Edgware Road and the side to Burwood Place.
The old store was rebuilt in 1925 to a design by Bridgeman and Bridgeman. This became the company’s flagship London store. That has since been replaced by modern flats and shops.
1895 map - Public Benefit Boot Company - Edgware Road
1895 map showing the location of no. 125 with the current Argos store marked for reference.
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Above & below – The present 125 Edgware Road buildings which consist of a shop and a block of flats.
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The Public Benefit Boot Company was established in 1875 with the aim of providing cheaper goods. It was eventually owned by Lennards Shoes.
Stores were mainly in the north of England however London appears to have had a fair number of stores besides the Edgware Road branch. One was at 27 Powis Street, Woolwich, whilst others existed at Kilburn, Islington (two different locations), Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith, Turnham Green, Clapham Junction and Peckham.
The company was recognisable by its symbol of a man seated in a large boot on a cart. That was eventually registered as a trademark. A real one was built to advertise the company in Yorkshire.
logo - Public Benefit Boot Company - Edgware Road
An early version of the company’s symbol.

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