Started by: Evie (14)

Does anyone remember wearing these as Children? I remember the old Clogger in Hindley who would repair your clogs whilst you waited.

Started: 20th Nov 2019 at 12:25

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

I still wear clogs.

Replied: 20th Nov 2019 at 12:40

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6868)

I think clogs were invented to imitate horses shoo's in order that folk could walk on the cobbled streets, without slipping, just like horses did

Replied: 20th Nov 2019 at 12:40

Posted by: whups (5658) 

do you think a size 10 will go into your backside 1stroke.

Replied: 20th Nov 2019 at 12:45

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

I left Manchester in late 1980's. Then, there was still a clog maker working (Stockport).

I wonder if there are any still going.

When I lived in London, I found Dutch Clogs ideal for gardening. Being all wood, they stood up to saturation from the London clay, which would have simply rotted leather.

When I worked in electronics, I was required to wear lab clogs, as are many lab workers still. They had a conductive stud through the soles, to prevent wearer acquiring a static charge.

The last clogs I had similar to traditional Lancashire clogs were Whitehaven clogs.

A former next door neighbour is Swedish, she always brought me a pair of Swedish clogs each visit she made to her homeland.

And Scandinavian clogs is what I currently wear. I favour the Danish Shipyard-workers clogs.

Replied: 20th Nov 2019 at 13:02

Posted by: retep1949 (667)

I can remember wearing then to school in the early 50's.Still have a pair of my mothers,must be over sixty years old.The cloggers near the Bird was Harry Hursts and then his son Walter who was quite a character.

Replied: 20th Nov 2019 at 13:04

Posted by: dougie (4612) 

Never had Clogs but anyone remember having boot-clogs wooden sole with studs on the bottom instead of clog irons, I don't think you could buy them in shops with wooden soles and studs the local cobbler made them for us, boot clogs could have been made out of ex-army boot tops,

Replied: 20th Nov 2019 at 15:40
Last edited by dougie: 20th Nov 2019 at 21:34:58

Posted by: laughing gravy (7161)

yep red uns me..

Replied: 20th Nov 2019 at 16:56

Posted by: roylew (3238)

Did they originate from Holland or was that just myth

Replied: 21st Nov 2019 at 08:17

Posted by: linma (2652)

I wore clogs in the 50's, I'm sure the clog maker lived near us on Walthew Lane Platt Bridge.

Replied: 21st Nov 2019 at 08:26

Posted by: PeterP (8437)

You could buy a pair which fitted in a match box Sent a few pairs of these to friends and family in Australia and South Africa.

Replied: 21st Nov 2019 at 08:31

Posted by: kathpressey (5253) 

I've got some of those miniature clogs which I bought at Wigan Pier. I have a pair of old mill clogs which I found in Avaroot some years ago.

Replied: 21st Nov 2019 at 08:50

Posted by: jo anne (33502) 

Roylew, Dutch clogs differ from English clogs as they’re made entirely of wood - Wiki

The History of English Clogs - Wiki

Evie, I was a child in the 70’s and had a pair of red clogs to try to stop me walking pigeon-toed. (I had physiotherapy, too).

Replied: 21st Nov 2019 at 09:55

Posted by: bentlegs (4613)

I wore clogs up to being 14 John Clough of Garswood made them but a new pair were murder to break in.

Replied: 21st Nov 2019 at 13:54

Posted by: peter g (2612) 

Walter Hurst is still a Hindley legend years after he died

Replied: 21st Nov 2019 at 14:21

Posted by: Anne (3897) 

I badly wanted clogs as a child and was given a red leather pair with rubber instead of irons. Irons were what I wanted so as to make sparks, wasn't allowed them, so borrowed the boy's next door on Sundays when he wore shoes. I could then make sparks but only in our back yard.

Replied: 21st Nov 2019 at 15:26

Posted by: jo anne (33502) 

Love that story, Anne! And you’ve made me realise what the actual lyric must be after badly guessing it was “sparkling clogs” for years.

“He painted kids on the corner of the street with the sparking clogs … “ YouTube

Replied: 22nd Nov 2019 at 11:18

Posted by: retep1949 (667)

My dad used to buy clog irons and nail them on using special clog nails,they did make good sparks on the flagstones.

Replied: 22nd Nov 2019 at 11:40

Posted by: bentlegs (4613)

we used to goon the local pond to skate we called it goin on,t clog sides

Replied: 22nd Nov 2019 at 14:15

Posted by: jouell (4705)


I have a pair of blue clogs I bought at the Wigan Pier... As a young child I had to wear clogs, I was little and thin and had a tough time walking in them, my ankles were always bleeding from the constant kicking they got from my trying to walk and run.. Oh the days

Which pond bentlegs?

Replied: 25th Nov 2019 at 14:46

Posted by: aussie94 (2365)

My dad wore clogs most of his life , he said they were so comfortable. I cant see how.

Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 03:24

Posted by: Pi Eta (22)

I wore clogs when I was in primary school many years ago. They were bought from Hurst's cloggers in Hindley. I wanted clogs fitted with irons but always finished up with rubbers.

The cock of the school picked on me one day and I laid into him with my clogs, they did the job, he never bothered me again.

Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 09:23

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

Sat in my favorite chair wearing my best brown leather clogs listening to a bit of Beethoven


Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 10:14

Posted by: bentlegs (4613)

Jouell it, wason the Tile Sheds pit at the bottom end of Garswood, The council filled it in with houseold waste in the late 40s The pit was where they got the clay to make tiles, It closed before my time,

Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 14:46

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6868)

A man's home is his castle, wearing his drinking pants, and sat in his drinking chair, and now wearing his drinking cloggs

Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 15:32

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Long Live Clogs

(Sorry, there used to be a far better vid of this event on youtube: it appears to have been taken off!)

Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 18:41

Posted by: watchalot (975)

in the mid 60s i worked at wigan gas works on darlington st and we was issued with clogs with steel toe caps and i think frank connelly the store man was the wigan mayor

Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 18:45
Last edited by watchalot: 26th Nov 2019 at 18:48:49

Posted by: certacito (187)

Linma I also wore clogs during the 40s and 50s.we were only allowed shoes on Sundays. Clogs were great for skating on the Brick Croft. Sammy Roland was the Clogger on Walthew Lane.

Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 20:39

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6868)

All this Cloggy talk is making me want to have a pair of Clogs

Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 21:23

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

'Northern Broadsides' famously did a production of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' which included clog dancing. It has been on TV, and is worth watching if the chance to see again should be offered. It was something they performed in the 1990's, but the most recent performance I can find is 2013.

I do not know who is making their clogs, but it would appear that somewhere or other, there is still an active clog-maker.

Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 22:04

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

My clogs came from Walkley Clogs in Mytholmroyd

Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 22:42

Posted by: broady (16712) 

My mate is the landlord of the Shoulder of Mutton in Mytholmroyd. I never wore clogs by the way.

Replied: 26th Nov 2019 at 22:47

Posted by: linma (2652)

Certacito what a memory you've got remembering the name of the clogger on Walthew Lane. The old grey matter is still working.

Replied: 27th Nov 2019 at 07:09

Posted by: Anne (3897) 

It must have been the done thing with everyday footwear at that time regarding Sunday's. Two mentions of discarding clogs for posh shoes on that day.

Replied: 27th Nov 2019 at 07:16

Posted by: retep1949 (667)

There was a shop down Hallgate that sold not know if f is still open.

Replied: 27th Nov 2019 at 07:37

Posted by: Pi Eta (22)

Really enjoyed this thread, bought back many happy memories.

Replied: 27th Nov 2019 at 08:06

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6868)


"here was a shop down Hallgate that sold not know if f is still open"

That Cobblers is still there in Hallgate, and it is in fact a 'specialist' Cobblers, because an acquaintance of mine has a club foot, and he uses them to alter pair's of shoo's to pair's which he can wear, and if yoo look through the window, yoo can see them Cobbling away inside, they look like Oompa Loompa's

Replied: 27th Nov 2019 at 11:08

Posted by: retep1949 (667)

TTS,the last time I looked in I could just see some clogs but the windows were full of condensation,they must have been hard at work.

Replied: 27th Nov 2019 at 11:22

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6868)


I was in there meself a couple of years back, having a shoo altered, and I remember there being piles of shoo'sthere, but I didn't really look for Clogs, but they might have been there, but I will say that if I do buy a pair of Clogs, I would endeavour to buy them from that Cobblers, because they will be made to measure

Replied: 27th Nov 2019 at 11:31

Posted by: certacito (187)

Reminds me of the old saying. His face ull stand clogging. Referring to someone hardfaced.

Replied: 27th Nov 2019 at 21:00

Posted by: kenee (2097)

I once visited a clog factory in The Netherlands, watching them make wooden ones. A clog maker can turn out a pair in 10 - 15 minutes, I tried a couple on but didn't find them comfortable.

Replied: 28th Nov 2019 at 16:28

Posted by: retep1949 (667)

I think Walter Hurst donated some clog making stuff to Wigan pier and used to do clog making demonstrations which were on a clip for T V.

Replied: 28th Nov 2019 at 17:05


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