Our History - Frank Baines Saddlery

Our History

Frank Baines Saddlery is a family-run business with connections to the saddle trade going back 150 years.  

Our founder Frank, started his apprenticeship in 1964 when he was just 15 years old. Taught by a wonderful, elderly craftsman he learned about the important points of making saddles.  When the factory where he was working burned down he was given the opportunity to start his own business and he began producing saddles in his kitchen with his wife Jane, a leather machinist. The company quickly gained a reputation as one of world’s finest saddle makers and soon moved out of their kitchen to a workshop in Walsall, the beating heart of the saddle making industry. Son Garry, and daughter Victoria, joined the business many years later to continue the traditions.

Today, we proudly continue to value the traditions and skills of craftsmanship which is at the heart of our business. We have adopted the use of innovative tooling methods & materials but we still custom-make each and every saddle by hand.