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William Horton (1750–1832)

Photo credit: Staffordshire Archives & Heritage

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William Horton was born in Stafford and was one of the first to manufacture shoes on a large scale, employing over 1,000 workers. His home was Chetwynd House on Greengate (now the main Post Office) and his workshops and warehouse were situated at the rear of the house. Richard Brinsley Sheridan (playwright, and MP for Stafford, 1780–1807) was a friend of Horton's and often stayed with him at Chetwynd House. This oil painting was probably painted at about the time of Horton's Mayoralty.

The Shire Hall Gallery



William Horton (1750–1832)




oil on canvas


H 73.5 x W 60 cm

Accession number

STFMS : G94.137.0001

Acquisition method

purchased from Miss E. L. Knight, before 1974

Work type



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