Thank you for visiting our website. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Should you find an error or broken link please let me know so that we can make corrections. I would also be very pleased to hear from anyone who is able to add information, photos or biographical details regarding people associated with The Public Benefit Boot Company and the allied companies Benefit Footwear Ltd, Lennards Ltd and Lennard Bros Ltd.


All information and images are the property of the original submitters. Please do not copy, reproduce, distribute or sell anything on this site without the permission of the contributors. Permission will be authorised, wherever possible, without charge to anyone wishing to utilise information/images for personal use. Whatever your reasons ask, I will do my utmost to help. There is also a good reason to make contact as I may be able to obtain better imagery or add to your information.

A major project has been to not only establish ‘Then and now’ views of where and when the company traded but also to try and capture as many branches as possible particularly the early branches. In this way we can get some idea of the thinking behind the company strategy. By doing this there have been many surprises both on the Southern side-Lennards, and the Northern Side in the finding of ‘gems’. Using three main sources to populate the website are:  

My own photos, our own collection of postcard views, Google Inc. Street views and Geograph Uk.

IN 2004 A HARD-BACKED BOOK ENTITLED ‘WELL HEELED’ THE REMARKABLE STORY OF THE PUBLIC BENEFIT BOOT COMPANY was produced but is no longer on sale from the publishers. It is still possible though to obtain a copy online. The work produced by myself, Dave Bean and Brian Seddon of Melbourne Australia portrays a comprehensive account of the company working from information we had from around 1986 up to 2004. Since then more important information has come to light but this site adds information and is not the intention to repeat what is in the book.


ARTHUR HUDSON a true gentleman possessing a wealth of knowledge which he shared freely with us and as such enriched the content of the book

Clifford Franklin grandson of George Edward Franklin who provided inspiration to embark on the subject of Public Benefit Boot Company 

Anthony Bean(Photographs) Bill Beech, Bonnie Bloom, Chris Bonnett, Veronica Bridger. Betty Molyneux Brown, Tom Coulson, Tony Cox, Diana Driver, Andrew Gill, Brian Lean, Tony Mackrill, Kristy Todd, Anne Wiseman; for use of their images/information on this website.

Special thanks to Rick Dickinson grandson of Brow Dickinson managing director of the company and later on chairman. In May 2014 Rick made freely available photos and documents that belonged to his grandfather. A valuable and unique archive that throws more light on to the Public Benefit Boot Co people and activities, particularly in the 1920s. Some of that material is on this website and more will follow in due course of time.

This is an ongoing project. Additions to the information will be made as often as possible so if you don’t find what you are looking for today, please come back again!


Images by Dave Bean

My slogan: Footwear, a neglected subject on histories of clothing and fashion.