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Evening all, So whats the first thing you think of when you think yorkshire?? tea? pudding? terriers?? im going to assume its not the production of little wooden shoes! however, low and behold here we have just that, originally producing some of the finest wooden brothel creepers in the north, the walkleys clog mill turned into a popular tourist attraction throughout the 80s but tragically fell upon hard times during the 90s and also suffered a substantial fire which wrote it off as an attraction, walkleys sold the site to focus on the operational factory which is still running today. Planning was passed for conversion of the walkleys mill into apartments back in 2006 however nothing has been done with it since. The explore I dont think i made much of an effort with any photos i took here, if you can imagine mac from predator when hes got the mini gun and he's tearing down the rain forest with it, that's basically what i did with my camera, i ran around the place in about 6 mins with the camera on auto, the rest of the time i was playing in ball pits, sliding down slides and playing in wendy houses this place is great fun, its nothing beautiful to look at but there is plenty going on in the place and its just a great little explore to have a good time and a little mess around in! When we pulled up we were greeted by a couple of other "explorers" who it turns out had been pottering about for about 20 minutes trying to find a way in, not sure if explorers was the right term for these boys as they werent really built for this past time bless em. After a quick scout of the perimeter we found our way in, the two big guys stood and watched with sad faces as we did things they knew they simply wouldn't be physically able to, oh yeah this was after one of the big lads invited me to kick a door in with him....hmmmm yeeeeah-maybe another time mate?!? ??: Anyway yeah so we managed to get in without any potential criminal damage or breaking and entering charges, we were on the first floor and i had just started fiddling with a piece of old machinery when i hear the pissing alarm going off, the other 3 had gone down to the ground floor and set it off, we bailed out onto the roof and waited out the alarm and to see if any secca turned up, no one turned up but looks the like ground floor is out of bounds kids! knowing this we headed up to the second floor where we found the slides, ball pit and other fun stuff, santas grotto, weird little dolls, manakins, loads of really random stuff in this place, hence why its a little pic heavy, not because ive tae loads of good photos, just because there was so much going on in the place! Toffee and taste l'histoire from their website. Walkley Clogs is a clog factory where the great British clog is manufactured in its entirety. The company was started by Frank Walkley in 1946. The main styles manufactured at that time were the Safety boot clog, Derby, Gibson and the Bar clog. With slipon styles being produced much later. In 1978 Frank Walkley bought out the famous Maude clog sole works in Hebden Bridge, a company that at its hey day had over 100 employees that turned nothing but clog soles! Walkey Clogs still uses the old machines for turning the wooden clog soles, and manufacturing the irons. The clog making skills used are those skills that have been passed down from generations of Walkley Clogs clog makers. Many of our older clog customers will remember Gordon and Nelson real lovely characters, and John who only recently retired a few years ago.. and not forgetting Arthur who up to 86 years of age still worked making the Walkley clogs for two days a week. Walkey Clogs is proud to keep the old traditional styles and over the years has manufactured many more styles that fit in with today’s markets. Most years Walkley Clogs are seen on the cat walks, and every year work with budding fashion designers who always have their own ideas on clog design. Today Walkley clogs manufactures a wide range of styles of clogs which include wooden sandals and slip-ons and various types of boots and shoes in a good selection of colours. The uppers used are mainly leather but also a non leather clog can be manufactured if required. The company also produces a lovely range of children’s clogs styles and supplies clog dance teams in the UK with dancing clogs. Walkley clogs produces 40 styles plus and offers to make up custom made clogs in any style and any colour. and some photolaughs I DONT BLOODY THINK SO MY OLD FRUIT! CAN YOU SEE THE MOUSE!! ...playing the waiting game thanks for looking kids, take it sleazy!!