(Address: 1 Darnton Gardens, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 6SG) was one of the few small but fine English pipe brands with a long family tradition that managed to survive all the breakdowns, the furious mergers and fusions and the hasty take-overs of the 1970's and early 1980's that extinguished practically everything what was esteemed as "the great English pipe" before.
Abbey Pipes continued to make mainly classical pipe shapes and - in smaller quantity - very nice freehands with impeccable craftsmanship. In their own words: "We are a small family business situated in the foothills of the Pennines with many years experience of pipe making and woodcraft. Individualy hand crafted in the U.K. Each pipe made with minimum use of machinery and maximum use of care and attention."
The firm found a sudden end in 2005 or 2006.
We'd surely appreciate more detailed informations on Abbey Pipes!