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Letters From Ross: Leather Explorations

Since my last blog I have been able to visit the Abbey England warehouse in Knutsford, Cheshire. I spent some time researching and thinking about the tools and leather I wanted to purchase with my leather scholarship fund and was excited to visit the warehouse and explore everything.

I am a leather crafter, so generally the leather I have chosen to go for in the past has easily fit that bill – thin, maybe not too expensive so I could experiment, but still have a beautiful colouring and texture.

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Letters From Ross: Mastering YouTube

Hey everyone, Where to start! This is my first blog with Abbey England since winning the Scholarship for Leatherwork. March has come and gone in the blink of an eye but I have managed to be quite productive in spite of all the current coronavirus madness! A big win for this month was getting my YouTube channel up and running...

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2021 Easter Closing Times

Abbey England will be closed for the Easter holiday from Friday 2nd April 2021 – Monday 5th April 2021.

Our website will continue to accept orders during the holiday but orders will not be processed until Tuesday 6th April.

We wish all our customers and suppliers a very happy and safe Easter.

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Letters from Christie: Getting the green light for ceremonial duties.

At work we have had the green light for some form of ceremonial duties to go ahead for the year. We have begun training for Royal Windsor Horse show at which we perform The Musical Drive. I have been asked to ride Number One position for B sub section.

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The Abbey England Podcraft Episode 6: Women in Saddlery

In episode 6, we celebrate International Women's Day with Helen Reader. A female saddler at the top of her game. In 2018 Helen became the only SMS member to hold the titles of Master Saddler, Master Harness Maker, Master Bridle Maker and Master Saddler Fitter. This year, Helen has also been named one of the UK’s 100 inspirational entrepreneurs by Small Business Britain’s f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign  as well as being named as the next President of the Society of Master Saddlers.

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The Abbey England Podcraft Episode 5: Meet our 2021 Scholarship winners.

In episode 5, we meet and greet our 2021 Scholarship Winners Christie Farren, a British Army saddlers apprentice to The Kings Troop RHA and Ross Miller, a website designer turned leatherworker. We discuss their drive for saddlery and leatherwork and their future plans.

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Don’t sell, tell. A guide to T.E.S.T.

Don't sell, tell! Marketing is not about selling your products to an individual but showing that individual that you'll look after them if they choose to become a customer. Read what Phil Neave from Neave Creative has to say on the matter.

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The Abbey England Podcraft Episode 4: Changing Tack with Suzie Fletcher

In episode 4 we interview Suzie Fletcher, Master Saddler and leatherworker. We discuss Suzie’s expansive career from her harness work being used by the Queen of England to her move to Colorado and why restoration, is so important in today’s world.

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Abbey England strengthens international bonds with BioThane

Since 2018 we have supplied over 900 customers with BioThane products, and one of its long-standing clients is Wahlstén, a Finnish maker and supplier of riding equipment.


Founded in the early 1900s, Wahlstén is now one of the biggest equestrian companies in the Nordic countries. It is Abbey England that Wahlstén turns to for the supply of a revolutionary new material called BioThane.


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Letters from Natasha: December 2020

It is excellent that Abbey England continues its annual tradition and grants two further awards for 2021! I do not know who the winners are yet but I'm certain that Abbey England's team will make a good choice. You will have an opportunity to read the winners' blogs about their experiences and adventures in the leather and saddlery industries. For me, writing this blog this year proved to be a very useful and restorative exercise. I will keep writing posts next year, but on my own website.