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Julia Simpson on a new museum celebrating the clog shoe

Britain's last surviving Clog Mill has risen phoenix-like from a serious fire, and now offers visitors the double attraction of seeing a working factory and a new museum that celebrates the history of the working man's most practical shoe.

The interior of Walkley's Clog Factory was completely gutted last Christmas, and a vast quantity of documents were lost dating back to 1870, when the mill was founded in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, by James Maude. However, Walkley's refused to admit defeat, putting out a local appeal for paperwork and artefacts to replace what had been lost, and restoring items that had been only partially destroyed by the fire.

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