According to the 'Gore Street Directory', John Algeo established a leather dealing business at 97 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool in 1881. John was born in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland in about 1847-8 and his wife was from in Liverpool. It is thought that they married about 1876.
The first record of John Algeo shows him trading as a Boot Maker in 1879, at 7 Trafalgar Street, Liverpool. His son, Arthur Algeo was born in 1883 and other children followed including William.
At a later date the business moved to 104 Brownlow Hill, close to the University, on a site that has since been demolished to allow for the building of the Metropolitan Cathedral.
In 1896, part of the business was moved to 326 Upper Parliament Street in Toxteth. This prominent building was erected in about 1880 on land that had been owned by the Earl of Sefton. In 1895 the following traders occupied the shops:
322 Mrs White - Book Maker
It was at this point that Algeos first called themselves 'Leather and Grindery Merchants' (a traditional term used by wholesalers to the shoe repair industry). In 1910, John Algeo had at least two of his sons working in the business, William and Arthur. The freehold to 326 was bought in 1910 and Nos. 320, 322 and 324 shortly after.
John died in the 20’s and William was running the business when in 1933 and on the verge of bankruptcy he was forced to sell some of the properties for £1500.
In 1947 the founder's son, Arthur, gave his name to the present firm A. Algeo Ltd when it became incorporated as a company with Limited Liability on the 16th June 1947 (Registered Number 437100).
On Arthur Algeo's death I the late 50‘s, his widow sold the firm to the sales manager, Henry Swanson, who continued to manage the business with his son, also called Henry.
Parliament Street 1900
Speke Premises 1997
Award Winners 2001
Algeos EVA Warehouse 2002