SEVEN GENERATIONS OF BOOTMAKERS
In 1998, Emma Batten joined the firm, being the seventh generation of Batten's in the riding boot business. William Batten, Emma's great, great, great, great grandfather was making boots (sitting crossed-legged) in St. John's Street, Gloucester circa 1800-1844.
In those days even the uppers were hand-stitched and one pair per week was the norm.
Even today, our production is less than ten pairs per week.
James Batten emigrated to Canada in the 1860's, working in Toronto and then New Jersey, before returning to London in the 1880's. His son - Horace Batten, became manager of Cook's boot factory in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire before starting his own business in the 1920's.