Memories of leather works

I am researching the history of an important Cleckheaton company – Henry F Cockill & Sons.

The business was founded in 1863 at the Mount View Leather Works (directly opposite today’s Whitcliffe Mount School) to manufacture leather transmission-belts.

The company was acquired by J H Fenner Ltd of Hull in 1933 but continued to operate from the Mount View Works until the 1950s.

Is there any reader of the Spenborough Guardian who can assist my enquiries? Are you a descendant of Henry Frederick Cockill or an employee of the Whitcliffe company?

If you can provide any information (whether verbal, documentary and/or graphic) about Henry F Cockill & Sons, please contact me by e-mail at or c/o Margaret Heward, The Spenborough Guardian, 17 Wellington Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1HQ.

Around 1890 there were three “Cockill” companies - all in the leather trade - operating in the Spen Valley! The aforementioned Henry F Cockill, William Cockill, a currier in Carr Street, Cleckheaton and John Cockill who traded from Grange View Works, Roberttown.

I would welcome information about any of these companies.


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