Ottery St Mary
One of the oldest towns in Devon, founded in the 11th century.
Stitching it all together
The most important part of harness making was the stitching of the leather for it was vital that it should not come undone even if it was cut or broken.
Bartholomew used flax thread which was extermely strong but flexible.
Six eventful generations
Bartholomew WINDOVER was a bespoke saddler and harness maker working and living in the town with his wife Mary.
From 1633 when Bartholomew was born to 1796 when Charles James Windover died, six generations of the family lived through some of the most exciting times in British history.