Coates & Bairstow were a booksellers and stationers situated at 3-7 Station Street, Huddersfield. They are also known to have published a small number of books, including Some Records of "Ye Chapell of Marsden" (1910) compiled by A.R. Barrett.
One of the founding partners was Edwin Walter Coates (1863-1940), great-grandson of the Rev. John Coates. The other founding partner remains unrecorded in local newspapers, however it was probably Ernest Bairstow (c.1869-1921), son of gardener Samuel Bairstow of Birkby. Two of Ernest's siblings are recorded as bookseller's apprentices or assistants in the 1891 and 1901 Censuses: Alfred Rushworth Bairstow (1875-1937) and Ethel Grace Bairstow (1877-1958?).
The partnership was formally dissolved at the end of March 1919, with Ernest Bairstow continuing to run the business:
NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisiting between us, the undersigned, Edwin Walter Coates and Ernest Bairstow, carrying on business as Booksellers and Stationers, at Station Street, Huddersfield, under the style or firm of COATES & BAIRSTOW, has been dissolved by mutual consent as and from the 31st day of March, 1919. All debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said Ernest Bairstow, who will continue the said business under the same style or firm.Dated this 31st day of March, 1919.
E. W. COATES.
An invoice January 1941 gave the firm's telephone number as Huddersfield 475.