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British leather tannery: Clayton of Chesterfield

Clayton of Chesterfield have been making British leather at their tannery in Derbyshire since 1840


If you have not seen how leather is tanned before, then this video is well worth a watch. It shows how Clayton produce their leather at their tannery in Derbyshire.

Clayton’s hides are truly British leathers – being produced from domestic hides from Northern Ireland, and tanned in Chesterfield using methods that have not changed since the tannery was established in 1840. They are one of the last remaining pit tanners left in the UK and supply to almost every continent in the world. 50% of their British leather production goes abroad to be used on products such as belts, footwear, floor coverings, and even cricket balls, for designers including Bottega Veneta, Paul Smith and Tommy Hilfiger.

If you have never seen how leather is tanned before then you will definitely want to watch the video – it’s a messy business!

To find out more about Clayton of Chesterfield, and their truly British leather, visit www.ClaytonLeather.com



  1. Jon Alderton on March 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Can wholeheartedly recommend the guys at Clayton’s – Matthew has been extremely helpful and his knowledge is second to none. We will be using more of their products in the future.


  2. leather to treasure on March 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    hi need some leather to make shoes and bags do you have a samples card you could send thanks

  3. michael bainbridge on November 22, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    ,hi looking for some thickish leather to make a weston type holster is this something you could supply ,amount needed 450x300mm approx.thank you mike.

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