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November 2002
Great Nottinghamians : Sir Jesse Boot
Sir Jesse Boot
Sir Jesse Boot
Jesse Boot transformed a small herbal store into a powerful pharmaceutical giant - Boots The Chemist.

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Great Nottinghamian biographies:

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Su Pollard

D H Lawrence

Alan Sillitoe

Robin Hood

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There are many names that nearly made it onto this list of famous Nottinghamains.

Other famous people from Robin Hood County include:

Ball, Captain Albert VC
Birch, Rob

Blower, Tom
Boot, Sir Jesse
Booth, General William
Bowden, Sir Frank
Bowles, Peter
Byng, Douglas
Byron, Lord John
Clarke, Rt Hon. Kenneth
Clough, Brian OBE
Coates, Eric
Cole, Andy
Cranmer, Thomas
Dance, Sir George
Dwight, Roy
Flowers, Wilfred
Fothergill, Watson
Hallam, Nick
Hewson, Sherrie
Hitchcock, Alma Reville
Hood, Robin
Howe, Lord Admiral Richard
Howitt, T. Cecil
Karno, Fred
Khaliq, Jawaid
Knight, Dame Laura
Larwood, Harold
Lawrence, DH
Lee, Alvin
Lindsey, Robert
McCarthy, Dennis
Meadows, Shane
Mee, Arthur
Owen, Greg
Player, John
Pollard, Su
Randall, Derek
Reynolds, John
Russell, Graham
Sillitoe, Allan
Smith, Paul CBE
Slater, Colin MBE
Stardust, Alvin
Torvill, Jayne MBE & OBE
Trease, Geoffrey
Walker, Chris
Watson, Dave
Westwood, Lee

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Sir Jesse Boot
1850 - Born in Nottingham. His father was John Boot, a farm labourer, and his mother was Mary Wells. The family lived in Hockley, which at the time was an overcrowded, poor area of 19th Century Nottingham.
1860 - Jesse’s father dies. His mother continues to run the family shop with help from family and friends. The shop sells herbal remedies.
1863 - Jesse leaves school at 13 and works in the his family's shops.
1871 - Jesse becomes a partner in the 'Mary and Jesse Boot Herbalists'.
1877 - The shop changes its name to 'M & J Boot', and again in 1883 to 'Boot and Company Limited'
1884 - Jesse opens his first shop outside Nottingham, in Sheffield.
1889 - Jesse meets Florence Rowe. They marry and have their first child, John.
1892 - The manufacturing side of Boots movesto factories on Island Street. This site rapidly grew and soon was known as the Island Street works.
1900 - Boots appear all over the country.
1909 - Jesse Boot is knighted for his work.
1913 - Jesse had around 560 shops operating around the country.
1920 - Boots is sold to an American man for £2¼ million. Sir Jesse is given the Freedom of Nottingham City.
1931 - Jesse dies.
1933 - The Boots factories move from Island Street to a new factory at Beeston. In the same year the 1,000th Boots store is opened in Galashiels, Scotland.
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