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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

Annie – Shop Manager and wizard spinner. With an avid interest in natural dyes, Annie loves foraging in the hedgerows to create her own dyes and spinning wool from rare breed Welsh sheep and is a keen custodian of friendly chickens





We make and source beautiful things from natural materials

Specialists in hand made Leather goods including studded Dog Collars and wallets from 200 year old Russian Reindeer Leather; ethical tailored Clothing and wool knitwear and a collection of useful but exquisite homeware made from Horn, Leather, Wool: old and new Welsh blankets and textiles; Slate and Wood. As well as an eclectic selection of one-off collectibles in our Originals section