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Riding Boots

circa 1930

Riding boots that belonged to novelist Walter Greenwood. Bought out of the proceeds of his novel ‘Love on the dole’.

Belonged to the writer, Walter Greenwood. He was a stable lad in his youth and promised himself if he ever struck it rich he would get the finest pair of boots that money could buy. They were on display in the window of Fletcher’s Tailors and Outfitters, Douglas, Isle of Man when Greenwood died.

Walter Greenwood (1903-1974) was born in Ellor Street, Salford (Hanky Park). He started work at 13 and worked in various low paid jobs, frequently being unemployed.

During one of these periods of unemployment he wrote his first novel ‘Love on the dole’ set in a Northern town during the depression. It was published in 1933 and caused a sensation.

It was a commercial and critical success and had a large influence on the British public’s view of unemployment. It prompted a parliamentary investigation which ultimately led to welfare reforms.

The book became a play and eventually a film starring Deborah Kerr.

He wrote at least nine more novels in addition to articles, stories and film, radio and television scripts.