I've got a lots of them, many are recent buys. Masterpiece/Stuarts Choice is very good. Rose is pretty good - leather is not on par with C&J though. In the Rushden line, I'd have to say that quality is declining overall, but you still can't dismiss the whole lot of them - there are still very decently nice shoes in that line.
I'm satisfied with the quality of Nobles (uppers could be better, last shape is great but be warned it is quite narrow, sole/welt is pretty good), very satisfied with Stanleys/Williams (except avoid anything with Vibram soles -- glue job and fake welts possible), very pleased with 2 prs of 'Kirk' in really nice soft suede, Abraham ('bookbinder leather') is awful plastic-y upper, but very good solid construction, Derek (crepe/vibram sole) is horrible garbage.
I think it's the newest models that are getting poor in workmanship and should be avoided -- ?