Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Leather working

As well as clothes, shoes were made locally. They were made and repaired in Dodderhill by a succession of cordwainers (from Cordiber, Spanish for leather). These men worked in leather and would have been kept busy making and repairing harnesses and saddles in the days before the combustion engine. There do not appear to have been any tanners in Dodderhill so the leather they worked with would have had to be bought in Droitwich or Bromsgrove. Cordwainers were not wealthy men, William Nash of Sharpway, who died in 1719, left only £9. 8s. 8d.

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