Robin Tuppen – Thomas Smith's Trug Shop | Heritage Crafts Association – The Makers
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About Robin Tuppen - Thomas Smith's Trug Shop

My company is the original maker of the famous Sussex Trug Basket, first invented by our founder, Thomas Smith in the village of Herstmonceux in Sussex in 1829. My craftsmen and I still make the Royal Sussex Traditional Trug, using locally coppiced Sweet Chestnut and Cricket Bat Willow, which is the by-product of the English Cricket Bat Industry. The honorific "Royal"" comes from the fact that Thomas Smith was awarded Queen Victoria's Royal Warrant after having sold some of his Trugs to her on the first day of The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park

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Magham Down
Red Lion Hall, New Road
East Sussex
BN27 1PN

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