In the early 1900s the north of Ireland supported a range of leatherworking activities. These ranged from the initial processing and tanning of many different locally sourced hides, to the manufacture of leather goods, primarily shoes.
Leather was used for saddlery and harness making. It was employed in industry for drive belting, gasket and seal making.
Some was used to produce protective clothing for other trades, but by far the most significant use of leather here was in the footwear industry. Both shoemaking and shoe repairing used large quantities of locally produced and imported leathers.
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