Clog Dancing in the North of England

Clogs were the industrial shoe worn by the coal miners in the
19th Century. The hardwearing wood of the clog sole was ideal for working in the coal mines but also ideal for creating
rhythms by tapping beats with the wooden soles. As intricate
steps were created this dance style became competitive and
competitions were arranged with many challenges to find a
‘champion’ clog dancer. The prize for the winner was a
Championship Belt and also a money prize. This was a very
attractive prize together with the winning clog dancer getting
the ‘champion’ title.

Courtesy of Brenda Walker