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  • The business of J & E Sedgwick & Co. Ltd was founded in 1900 by James and Emmanuel Sedgwick. They were later joined by Richard Farrow, grandfather of the recently retired Managing Director who is also named Richard Farrow. Richard is now a non-executive Director of The Clayton Leather Group.

    Sedgwick’s began supplying leather to the equestrian trade in 1900, and a century on is one of the leading leather suppliers of equestrian leather in Walsall.

  • Over the past 100 years J & E Sedgwick’s business has grown steadily, this being evident that in 1956 the company moved into the purpose-built workshops it still maintains, undergoing three major building programs up to the present day.

    The company bases its early success on the established UK market, but in recent years has expanded into the growing export market, supplying its products worldwide.

    Sedgwick’s has always prided itself on the consistently high quality of its finished leather. Partly, this has been achieved by the sourcing of high-quality hides, but also in maintaining the skills of expert curriers who finish the leather by hand. Many of these skills utilized at the beginning of the century are still employed today. Hence the management taking the view that these skills, when used correctly, produce the finest leather.

    To maintain these skills, all of Sedgwick’s craftsmen are highly trained and the company maintains an active recruitment and training program for new young apprentices.

    The skills of the curriers are complimented by the addition of modern machines. These machines cannot replace the sheer artistry and experience of our leather dressers, but have enabled Sedgwick’s to improve and increase the range, quality and colours of the finished leathers.

    The quintessential attributes of Sedgwick’s leather are:
    Visual Appeal
    Endurance
    Resilience
    Fundamental characteristics of true quality

  • Along with William Clarke, Sedgwick & Co joined The Clayton Leather Group as the best in British bridle leather in 2015. The aspirations of the group allowed Sedgwick to continue its expansion into international markets, to continue developing a working relationship with distributors worldwide. Sedgwick first represented its leather in foreign markets using its strong brand name and reputation.

    English leather enjoys a reputation of being the finest in the world and we are delighted that J & E Sedgwick entered its second century of existence, well prepared to play a significant international role in the supply of fine English leather.

  • Sedgwick’s & Co, originally part of Clayton Leather Group before the group went into administration have now been brought by Abbey England.

    Abbey England is proud to support a multitude of manufacturing, commercial and leisure businesses in both the UK and abroad. Supplying high-quality British made materials and tools. One of the market leaders amongst equestrian wholesale suppliers, Abbey England was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1995 for their quality goods manufactured in the foundry.

 

 

OUR NEWS
Jul
25

A Royal Visit to Walsall

A Royal Visit to Walsall Representatives of the leather trade in Walsall were able to have a few moments with HRH Princess Anne earlier this week. The Perpetual Master of The Saddlers’ Company made the trip to Walsall to congratulate successful apprentices this year and to visit some local saddle makers. The students had carried […]

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May
17

Wonderful oil painting from David Bates

Wonderful oil painting from David Bates Since 1975 an impressive oil painting has taken centre stage in the boardroom of J & E Sedgwick, previously purchased from a Tannery in Birmingham called Muskets. The serene landscape of oak bark collecting in Cannock Chase has been a strong focal point of how proud the company is […]

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