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The Team

We are a small business with a dedicated staff

Athene English – Founder of The Great English Outdoors. Originally trained as a saddler at Cordwainers’ College, London. Passionate about textiles, dogs and horses and proud owner of Boudica, an oversized lurcher/wolfhound cross


Candida Hopkinson – Graduate of Edinburgh University, Public Relations Manager for Spink & Son Ltd, London, before moving to Hay on Wye in 1991. Lover of textiles and border terriers. Nutmeg and Mij illustrated below

Jan – Engine House Extraordinaire!





We make and source beautiful things from natural materials

We are specialists in hand made Leather goods including studded Dog Collars and wallets from 200 year old Russian Reindeer Leather; offering for sale a range of ethical tailored Clothing and wool knitwear and a collection of useful but beautiful Homeware made from HornLeatherWool: old and new Welsh blankets and textiles; Slate and Wood . As well as an eclectic selection of one-off collectibles in our Originals section

Take a visual tour of our shop with our You Tube clip

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