When I’m not photographing I love my cycling & am a proud owner of a Pashley Guvnor. Pashley bikes are British made in Stratford-On-Avon, the Guvnor is a revival of one of Pashley’s oldest designs, the 1930s Path Racer. It is not only unique in its ride quality but in its design. It exudes an elegance that hearkens back to the simple beauty of the original. It’s such a stylish bike that normal lycra & cycling clothes simply wouldn’t cut the mustard. When I was searching for a stylish & traditional cycling shoe I came across William Lennon & Co. They are a traditional shoemaker established in 1899 and based in the Derbyshire Peak District. I purchased a pair of their beautiful cycling shoes & thought it would be a great project to photograph…..
Roll on to this Spring when I was looking for Artisan projects to photograph across the country. I remembered William Lennon & Co & got in touch, I was so pleased when they said they would be happy for me to join them for the day. I headed up to the Peak District they day before the shoot so I was there ready to go in the morning.
It was a really interesting process to photograph, William Lennon & Co are still a family business & are now fourth-generation. William Lennon started the business in 1899 making work boots for the local quarrying & lead-mining industries. They continue to make shoes in the traditional way with lasts & a variety of interesting machinery – no computer built shoes here! Aided by their skilled workforce they make a range of safety & work boots & their heritage range of boots including cycling shoes, shepherds boots & equestrian footwear.