The Chicken Or The Egg Or The Fitted Kitchen?

72. Howdens of Buxton

Talk about first impressions….
When I first saw this Sparta I thought Howdens manufactured animal feeds but my research (alright, a quick web search) revealed they are actually a joinery company! Why use a chicken and what is it’s significance…?
It’s all very intriguing and there seems to be no explanation on their sites here & here, but they certainly are one provinence-proved organisation.

The last thing I want is this post to become a poultry attempt at shoe-horning as many clucking puns in as I can…
Ignoring the avian curveball, it’s a very respectable mug. A generous size logo and bold fonts are used to good effect to adorn both elevations.

This was an ‘in situ’ spot by colleagues who asked it’s owner for permission the capture the vessel as it stood but it’s owner, bless them, set about washing it to make it presentable for it’s Internet debut, as you can possibly tell by the rivulets of water cascading down it’s gleaming elevation.
Thanks go to both my colleagues for their bold actions and the mugs’ owner for the chance to share this trinket with you all.

Howdens 1

If anyone knows why the Chicken is used, please post a comment…

4 thoughts on “The Chicken Or The Egg Or The Fitted Kitchen?

  1. Mugspotters says:

    Because of a lack of traffic into Mugspotters, (can’t think why) we are a bit thin on the ground regarding blogger comments. To cheer myself up I like to sift through the ‘litter tray’ that is my spam folder and came across this rather lovely & I think heartfelt message from a “Casa Rurales en Pontevedra”. It reads; (verbatim)
    “Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve take into account your stuff prior to and you’re simply too great. I actually like what you have obtained here, really like what you’re saying and the best way during which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is really a great website.”

    Casa Rurales, We hear you!


  2. Ryan says:

    The Howdens Joinery logo is a Rooster because the gentleman that first started the company has a particular vision of how Howdens would have looked, had they been around in the 1930’s and 40’s and the whole idea was of two brothers (Eric and Jim) who owned a business in a small village making chicken sheds and doing the odd furniture repair for any of the villagers. People then started to ask them to repair more and more and it’s built up from there. The link to the logo sort of goes CHICKEN SHEDS IN 1940’S – CHICKENS – HOUDEN – HOWDENS JOINERY (NB: Houden is a breed of chicken and the trading name of our French Branches). I hope this helps!

    From a Howdens Apprentice that’s been with the company for 8 months and has recently been on two courses in Northampton, both of which, which included a tour of “The Grange” in which they talk about this idea rather enthusiastically.

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  3. Mugspotters says:

    Ryan – Thank you so much for your full and detailed history of Howdens. The powers that be have clearly thought long (and a bit too hard) about working the Chicken theme into the name but fascinating nonetheless. Good luck with your apprenticeship!


  4. Alexander Keenan says:

    It’s a rooster which means you have to get up early to beat there prices


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