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Uggs, started out as boots and most of the footwear you will find in this brand will be boots of all shapes, sizes and descriptions. But because of changing markets and the lure of supply and demand these boot makers have branched out into making, slippers, handbags, sandals, shoes and even kiddies foot wear.

These boots are traditionally made from Australian sheepskin and were used by pilots during World War I, at that time they were referred to as being a “FUG” and abbreviation of “flying Ugg”. Farmers in Australia in the early 1930’s also wore these to keep their feet warm. You may have even seen old films of surfers’ from the 1960’s who wore these boots with their bathers after coming in from the surf.

They were worn indoors and out in Australia to keep people’s feet warm, and while there are still a few Australian manufacturers of Uggs, a US company has this trademark. So there is UGG US and UGG Australia. Because of this the Australians market their generic product as “Australian sheepskin boots”, known as Uggs, or Ughs.

If they are manufactured in America or Australia the concept of this boot is the same; warmth and comfort for the feet, in a very basic, double sheepskin lined practical design. Celebrities have made them trendy however, and many celebs including Paris Hilton and Oprah swear by their Uggs. So now, as well as being sensible and warm, they have become fashion icons also. They are fantastic items of footwear for extremely cold weather, and are now a trendsetter, so are wanted all over the world, for both practical and fashion reasons.

As legend will have it the origin of the name stems from the appearance of the boot which is believed to be “ugly”. This became the generic term for any Australian sheepskin boot. This word is found in reference to these boots in Australian dictionaries, and it was never trademarked.

Americans, who are quick off the mark when it comes to registering trademarks, saw a market for these boots and registered UGG as a US trademark. Now the Decker Outdoor Corporation has the rights to the name and you will find both UGG US and UGG Australia, with the US company being the parent company of this well known brand.
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There were 160 in the early 1820s, attracted here perhaps by its rising popularity but found the work from the poor residents insufficient. I do recall reading that the Prince of Wales supported the cause of shoemakers when they opposed the move to replace shoe buckles with shoe laces. Perhaps someone has the details.

Their numbers fell to the 120s/130s then rising to 150 in the 1880s and peaking at 290 in the early 1890s. By then the Continent were exporting shoes and Pocock Bros opened as ‘importers of foreign shoes’ and Framptons offered French boots and shoes. All were still making them to order but some had ‘stocks in hand’. One was still making clogs. They would have needed many apprentices for the numerous processes and if we took three as average (one in 1851 had ten) plus a family member, then that’s about 650 employed in the 1820s.

This industry would have required a vast amount of leather coming into the town. A tannery with its awful stench was a non starter in Brighton under its strict ‘nuisance’ by laws and for similar reasons I cannot find that Lewes had one. The little town of Steyning, however, did. It was in Tanyard Lane and run from the 1820s to 1940,
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producing, I would think, far more than the town required. Transporting by wagon was simple and after 1860 it could come by rail.

One family business survived from its establishment in 1804 to about 1912 when it carried on under a new proprietor. Carter Thunder set up the business at 2 Castle Square. He was followed by his son Edwin, who had held a Royal Warrant under William IV (first picture). By 1910 it was H Thunder (seconf picture) still displaying the Royal Warrant but about 1912 it passed out of the family to J Norman (third picture) who continued with displaying their Warrant, now defunct,
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for 99 years. I will be writing in full on this fascinating family at a later date.