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Melton Heritage Trail

Contact

Melton Carnegie Museum

0116 305 3860

Address

Church Street,
Melton Mowbray,
Leicestershire,
LE13 0PN

Details

The estate agent on the right-hand side of Church Street was once Rowell & Sons. Established in 1837, they were famous for making boots for hunting and provided them to the three main hunts in Melton Mowbray, the Quorn; the Belvoir and the Cottesmore. They also provided to hunts further afield in Warwickshire, West Percy, Seavington and Middleton. Besides boots they also sold related products including Jaeger wool socks and stockings which ‘keeps skin between toes dry & prevents soft corns.’

Rowell & Sons had a good range of customers from Melton Mowbray and all over the country. The numerous hunting lodges in the town often requested many boots during hunting season. Records from 1903-4 demonstrate this range of customers which included Mr R. Sherriffe of Wyndham Lodge who requested shooting boots; Me Everard of Peterborough who wanted boots with a full-rounded toe and regular customers Mr J. Jeffs and Mr J. Gretton Esquire of Stapleford Park who requested ‘Same as last year.’

As the advert for Jaeger wool stockings show, hunting and riding took a toll on feet, often resulting in corns or blisters. Sometimes boots were requested to take account of this. Mr C. Moss and Lord Percy of Burton Hall in Loughborough requested boots that had ‘no loop strap, centre toes knuckle up’, so his raised knuckles did not get blistered. Other times people merely wanted comfortable footwear for their home. Mr Furness of Craven Lodge ordered boots ‘for indoors’ and Mr Harper of Egerton Lodge ordered some boots ‘light for indoors.’

If you would like to learn more about Rowell & Sons and see some of the boots they produced, please see the exhibition at Melton Carnegie Museum.

Trail: Melton Heritage Trail

Waypoint: 8

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Map reference: SK 752190  Lat: 52.76412 Long: -0.88678