Clogs & Yorkshire Boots Well Shod

Tannery Workers in the Dales

‘With the large numbers of cattle and sheep raised in the Yorkshire Dales over the centuries, it is not surprising that industries associated with the by-products of the meat industry were established in villages throughout the area. Leather production indeed was once one of the most common industries throughout the whole of Britain’  according to the Dales National Park team read more.

Clogs of the traditional British design with a leather upper on a wooden sole have actually been worn since at least Roman times. Some historians suggest their origins may go back further still. The Yorkshire manufacture of Clogs Walkleys of Mytholmroyd claim to be ‘the only place in the world where the great British clog is manufactured in its entirety.’You can visit us at our the premises at Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge  where you can see Clogs being made and talk directly to Master Clog-makers.

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’25 Stylish Knitted Slippers: Fun Designs for Clogs, Moccasins, Boots, Animal Slippers & Loafers’

For working men good boots were a must, see the footwear above. Women and children were not always as fortunate and had to patch, repair and wear secondhand at times. In the 19th Century the wearing of slippers was the genesis of being slipshod.

Yorkshire Boots are made in Richmond at Altberg  Bootmakers   North Yorkshire and at a second factory  in the Treviso region of Northern Italy.  The senior Alt-Berg® bootmaker shares his time between both factories, which use the same lasts, materials and manufacturing processes.

Unfortunately many skins are now packed for export as explained by The Bradford Hide Co. and Sculcoates Tannery Hull. Tanning machinery once a thriving industry in Otley at G L Murphy is now on a reduced spares only scale.
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