To mark its 25th anniversary and ongoing support for traditional British manufacturers, the UK’s largest independent furniture retailer, Furniture Village, has teamed-up with The Heritage Crafts Association to identify – and celebrate – the last surviving practitioners of trades that were once thriving British industries.
Jeremy Atkinson specialises in making traditional nineteenth-century styled clogs in his workshop in Kingston. Jeremy is the last of the traditional cloggers making bespoke clogs in England. Whilst others may lay claim to making handmade clogs, the clog soles are actually machine cut, limiting customisation. He has travelled in Spain and France researching European clog-making traditions and demonstrates his skill at County and Craft Fairs across Britain during the summer.
Traditional clogs were often worn in heavy labour, but today the variants are considered for everyday wear. The interest in clogs ranges from the fashion industry to the general public and they are often still worn by factory workers due to their durability and comfort. The traditional English clogs are fashioned like smart shoes but with a wooden sole. Some clogs are even still used for certain dances.