Thomas Ware and Sons Limited


Thomas Ware and Sons Ltd, established in 1840, remains the biggest of the traditional leather tanneries.

Best known in the shoe trade they supply: Quality sole leather including all bottom stock leathers to the shoe manufacturing and repair markets: Equestrian leather including bridle, stirrup, saddle and harness butts as well as saddle strap leathers: Industrial leathers including industrial belting and friction leathers: Quality leather goods including wallets, belts and briefcases: and Speciality leathers including flooring, cricket balls and dog leads.

An on-going modernisation programme with CAD/CAM cutting machines, new splitting and buffing machines and additional spraying facilities continues to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Traditional leather skills remain core to the business success, whilst the technical developments ensure that Thomas Ware and Sons Ltd. remain successful now and in the future.

Their products are supplied to customers all over the globe, and in April 2018 they were awarded the UK’s most prestigious business accolade, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, in recognition of Thomas Ware And Sons Ltd’s outstanding achievement.

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Latest News

Queen’s Award Presentation – September 2018

On Tuesday 25th September, we were delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of Kent to the tannery to present our Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in recognition of our increasing success in export and international trade.
Alistair Brearley, Managing Director, explained “We are absolutely delighted. Our success can be attributed to the hard […]

SPOGA Horse 2018

Following on from the amazing success of last year’s show we are exhibiting again at SPOGA Horse 2018 in Cologne, Germany from 2-4th September.
You’ll be able to find us in Hall 11.2. at Booth number P-046.
We will be showing the following leather

  • Traditional Bridle leather 3.8-4.2mm. 1.5 long x 60 cm wide.
  • Albion bridle 3.8-4.2mm. 1.4 x 65cm and 1.5 x 60cm.
  • General purpose Saddle butts 3.6-4.0mm.
  • Soft dressed saddle butts 4.0-4.5mm and 5.0-5.5mm for close contact saddles.
  • Sweat flap leather.
  • Chrome girth / billet Leather 4.5-5.0mm and 5.0-5.5mm
  • Pre-cut straps custom designed 4.5-5.0mm and 5.0-5.5mm.
  • Chrome […]

    Guangzhou Shoe and Leather Fayre 2018

    Barry’s currently away in China looking further develop our international trade links and build on our Queen’s Award success at the Guangzhou Shoe and Leather Fayre.

    Guangzhou is a large city in the south of China in Guangdong province and home to 20,000,000 people. It’s a very modern, beautiful city. It stands on the Pearl river, which for many years has been a major trading route into China. Leather is a very large part of its trade and is probably the largest trading hub for leather in the world. […]