Leeds nostalgia: Tanners and tailors

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The towns and citys of West Yorkshire have become famous worldwide as engine rooms of the textile industry and Leeds is no exception.

The city was home to many traditional tanneries such as William Paul Ltd, and Kitchen and Co Ltd whose shaving room is the subject of our first picture.

SEPTEMBER 1964: ''Leeds tannery, Kitchin and Co. Ltd. 'Shaving, the reduction of the hide grain to a level thickness, is a precision operation in the production of leather.

SEPTEMBER 1964: ''Leeds tannery, Kitchin and Co. Ltd. 'Shaving, the reduction of the hide grain to a level thickness, is a precision operation in the production of leather.

These establishments were bursting with volatile smells as skins taken from Yorkshire livestock were processed into sheets of leather.

The resulting products were fed to a multitude of textile manufacturers and also local tailors like Mr H Lawrence of Wintoun Street who used the finely honed skills of a lifetime to turn them into items of enviable quality.

The workers at David Little & Co in Holbeck sewed en masse in 1968 and in the 1950s Arthur Hooker Stone stuck pins in his ears to entertain his guests while regaling them with preposterous stories.

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