Forgotten Flemingate

Here we are in the fantastic new shopping precinct at Flemingate , where you can experience fashion, food, and film, but who would have thought that this leisurely scene was once a hive of industry?  As the archive image shows, this used to be the site of Hodgson’s Tannery.  It started out under William Hodgson in 1812 and became incorporated as Richard Hodgson and Sons in 1889.  The business flourished at its site on Flemingate, importing hides from across the world, including Spain, Holland, Germany, Argentina, South Africa, and Russia.