Leather has always been produced in the town, but by the 1860s, shoe making reached its peak and one third of men and a sixth of women being involved in the production of shoes and workman’s boots.
Nantwich boots and shoes were transported to cities such as Manchester and Birmingham. The last tannery to close was Harvey’s Tannery in 1972.
The last clothing factory to close was Heaps in Millstone Lane which closed in the 1990s. By the end of the Victorian period, people were leaving cottage industries to work in factories. There were 6 clothing factories in Nantwich.
You can learn more in the museum.