Clarks Village

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Paved walkways and village setting with shops down either side.

Clarks Village is an outlet shopping village in Street, Somerset, England. It was established in 1993 on the site of old C&J Clark factory buildings. In the 19th century Cyrus Clark started a business in sheepskin rugs, later joined by his brother James, who introduced the production of woollen slippers, and later, boots and shoes.[1] However, shoes are no longer manufactured there.

It includes over 90 high street and designer retailers, as well as a number of coffee shops, restaurants and fast food chains.[2] The site is owned by the Hermes Real Estate group and managed by REALM Ltd,[2] who also manage a number of other outlet centres in the United Kingdom. Each year the range of shops and brands available changes.[3][4] Many family events take place during the year with activities and school holiday activities.[5] Clarks Village selects a charity of the year to support and Somerset Rural Youth Project is its chosen charity for 2016.[6]

The Shoe Museum, which is a short distance from Clarks Village,[7] provides a wealth of information about the history of Clarks and footwear manufacture in general,[7] and a selection of shop display showcards from the 1930s, 1950s and 1960s,[8] and television advertisements.[9] The frontage of the shoe museum includes the clock tower and water tower.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott, Shane (1995). The hidden places of Somerset. Aldermaston: Travel Publishing Ltd. p. 82. ISBN 1-902007-01-8. 
  2. ^ a b "REALM corporate brochure" (PDF). REALM. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.centralsomersetgazette.co.uk/Shopping-outlet-opens-doors-major-high-street/story-23192682-detail/story.html
  4. ^ http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Superdry-open-new-store-Somerset/story-25889527-detail/story.html
  5. ^ Village, Clarks (2016-07-13). "Summer Family Fun at Clarks Village - UPDATED 11 Aug. - Clarks Village". Retrieved 2016-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Somerset Rural Youth Project named as Clarks Village charity partner 2016". Somerset County Gazette. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Shoe Museum". Information Britain. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Shoe Museum, Street". Nothing to see here. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "The Shoe Museum". Picniq. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Main roadside frontage to Clarks Factory, Clock Tower, 5 bay right return and Water Tower". Images of England. Retrieved 23 March 2008. 

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Coordinates: 51°07′42″N 2°44′24″W / 51.128361°N 2.739866°W / 51.128361; -2.739866