Samuel Peal, 1754-1818, patented a way of waterproofing leather with rubber latex and turpentine, in 1791. Surviving bankruptcy, he became rich and moved to London,
becoming "the oldest-established and most successful shoemakers in the world". Peal and Co finally closed in 1965, after over 8 generations of shoemakers in his family.
On www.wirksworth.org.uk/D25-PEAL.htm can be found pedigrees of the family from before 1608 to 1965, addresses in London, customers while famous, pictures of family members, pictures of shoes,partners and directors of the firm, a history of the firm by its last director,details of bankruptcy, Wills, Early Peals, and a local parallel PEAL family.
If any reader has more information of Wirksworth PEALs, please contact the Author John Palmer
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