Solent Saddlery has been in business since 1990, initially as a sole trader in the South of England, as a "working Saddler" as opposed to just a retailer, specialising in quality made to measure products. Over the next 10 years this small business expanded into areas of historical interest as the proprietor was a keen re-enactor, principally but not exclusively in cavalry matters for any period of history. In 2004 the subsidiary, the Cavalry Workshop was born, specialising in uniforms, equipment and tack for Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery. We are located in Hedge End, near Southampton, Hampshire, England.
Work has and is carried out for such diverse authorities as English Heritage, Cardiff Castle Museum, The Royal Armouries at Leeds, Fort Nelson, Portsmouth and at the Tower of London (For the "Line of Kings" horses display that opened in July 2013), The Queens Royal Lancers Museum, the RMP Museum and David Hayes Studios. In addition uniforms and leatherwork is provided for customers in the Sealed Knot Ltd, The Napoleonic Association Ltd, Destrier, for various film and TV projects, for the anniversary event of the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimea, for the Zulu Wars anniversary in South Africa, anniversary events in Portugal and Spain, Austerlitz and Waterloo. Our products go worldwide, to the USA, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, Spain, China and Australia.
This picture is of a scene set up in the Frazier Historical Arms Museum in Louisville USA. The uniforms and equipment were made by us.
And this picture is of a 1790s Coldsream Guardsman made for a museum in the Netherlands by us. The uniform is what was worn during the abortive "invasion".