Shattock, Hunter & Co. Saddlers' Ironmongers
1938 view of Saddlers at work at Shattock & Hunter Frogmore Street, Bristol.
James May Shattock (1813-1895) was a descendant of the West Buckland branch of the Milverton Shattocks. When he was still a young man, age 24, we find him dissolving a boot and shoemaking shop in Bristol, where he lived. He went on to become a partner is a famous saddler business, Shattock, Hunter and & Co. in Bristol, described in his obituary below as one of the finest "in the provinces." Interest to note is that an Australian branch of the family also became saddlers, perhaps learning the trade in Jame's shop. Here is how saddlers are described: "a saddler workshop is required to be multi-skilled in repairing as well as making new saddles, bridles, harnesses and other leather goods to the individual customer's requirements. ... They are highly skilled at hand-cutting and stitching the leather."