John Herson
Search for other papers by John Herson in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
The Irish in the shoe trade
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

Irish families were involved in Stafford’s distinctive industry, the manufacture of boots and shoes. Ireland was part of the UK shoe trade labour market, and the destruction of the Irish shoe trade through British competition forced many Irish shoemakers to seek work in Britain. The chapter reviews the characteristics of shoe trade work.

The experiences of shoe-trade families varied widely and two families demonstrate this. The Protestant Hamilton family had a troubled history, were always poor and their children’s lives showed many signs of stress. They wanted to obscure their Irish origins but never integrated effectively. The Catholic John Mulrooney became part of the extensive Bowen family and they proved able to diversify and integrate successfully into local society.

The chapter shows that many of the children of immigrant families from other occupational backgrounds, especially labouring, moved into the shoe trade. It was a fertile field for modest upward social mobility.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

All of MUP's digital content including Open Access books and journals is now available on manchesterhive.

 

Divergent paths

Family histories of Irish emigrants in Britain, 1820–1920

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 121 50 4
Full Text Views 27 12 6
PDF Downloads 16 7 3