Giltbrook Leatherworks in its hey day

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This is the former Giltbrook Leatherworks.

The factory used to make leather boards for shoe soles and mainly employed women.

It started out in the late 18th Century and closed in the early 1960s.

The boards were made out of remnants of leather from other products which were boiled up in water taken from the Gilt Brook.

Kimberley historian Roy Plumb visited the factory on a school trip and said the boiled up leather had a terrible smell. It used to be placed in a heap at the end of each workbench before being beat to a flat piece about two foot square.