Jileon Wellies - The Wide Calf Welly People

Wellies – all you’ve ever wanted to know (and more!)

February 20, 2014

Fresh back from our trip to a potential new supplier, we have been reminded how interesting the history and process of welly making really is, so thought we’d share our top 5 facts with you!

  1. Of all the manufactured items, wellies are surprisingly predominantly hand-made still. Lots of the shaping, moulding and cutting are carried out by actual human beings!
  2. Our welly boots are tested up to 300,000 flexes - quite a lot of walking!
  3. The last UK factory making Wellington Boots sadly closed down in 2008.
  4. The "Wellington" boot became a staple of hunting and outdoor wear for the British aristocracy in the early 19th century after it was popularised by the Duke of Wellington.
  5. The Welly Wanging World Championships are held each year in the town of Upperthong in Holmfirth – the ‘sport’ is thought to have originated from a spat between two farmers in a local pub! According to the Guinness Book of World Records the furthest Welly Wanging throws were set at Hämeenlinna, Finland, on 12 October 1996. The longest throw was 63.98metres!!


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