Staking horse hides, Chapman's Sheepskin Works, Tutbury

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Description:Mr W.R. Chapman & and J. McGibbon staking horse hides. Staking is the process by which a skin is stretched, softened and made more flexible.

E.B. & W.R. Chapman's Sheepskin Works, at the Old Mill, Tutbury. The corn mill in Tutbury was converted to use as a tannery in 1913-14 by E.B. Chapman. His son Walter expaned the business to produce sheepskins. The business closed in 1983 and was converted into a clothing business and hotel. This in turn closed in the late 1990s.

This photograph is from the collections of Tutbury Museum.

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