Wellies – all you’ve ever wanted to know (and more!)
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!
- 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!
- Our welly boots are tested up to 300,000 flexes - quite a lot of walking!
- The last UK factory making Wellington Boots sadly closed down in 2008.
- 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.
- 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!!