Originally Posted by RJman
I did not know that. Their website is still up, and I could have sworn I saw their shop window a few years ago.
W & H Gidden (Saddle makers with Royal Warrant, established 1806) used to have shop premises on the corner Clifford/Cork Street (Old Bond Street). I presume, but I don't know for certain, they had their own workshop somewhere.
Then the firm went under, shop closed, and emerged integrated into Schnieder boots. Whether, what re-emerged is actually the old company with any links to previously employed staff, or Schnieder just got to buy the name (and the Royal Warrant), rather like all those Savile Row firms which have lists of long defunct companies "integrated".
In 1999 the Schnieder Boots company acquired W& H Gidden, who have been makers of saddles since 1806, when William and Henry Gidden made their first saddle. Within ten years, their work was renowned for its quality and precision. Since then, everything that W&H Gidden has made exemplifies the timeless qualities of English tradition.http://www.schniederboots.com/
One member of the Gidden family used to be the manager/owner of Maxwell in their previous incarnation in Vigo Street.