Coates and Bairstow

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Coates & Bairstow were a booksellers and stationers situated at 3-7 Station Street, Huddersfield.[1] 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.

Huddersfield Daily Examiner (13/Dec/1916)

One of the founding partners was Edwin Walter Coates (1863-1940), great-grandson of the Rev. John Coates.[2] The other founding partner remains unrecorded in local newspapers, however it was probably Ernest Bairstow (c.1869-1921)[3], 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)[4]
  • Ethel Grace Bairstow (1877-1958?)[5].

The partnership was formally dissolved at the end of March 1919, with Ernest Bairstow continuing to run the business.[6] The business continued to trade as "Coates and Bairstow".

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.

An invoice January 1941 gave the firm's telephone number as Huddersfield 475.


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Notes and References

  1. The company's ledgers from 1899-1925 are held by West Yorkshire Archive Service (reference: B/CB).
  2. Rev. John Coates was the Vicar of Huddersfield from 1791 to 1823 and a headmaster of King James' Grammar School, Almondbury.
  3. Married Hannah Maria Stansfield on 21 August 1893 and gave his occupation as "bookseller". A notice of his death in the Yorkshire Evening Post (02/Sep/1921) names him as the "principal of the firm of Messrs. Coates and Bairstow, booksellers."
  4. Born 15 January 1875 and baptised at St. John's Church on 14 July 1880. Married Esther Smith in 1904. Died 29 May 1937.
  5. Born 26 April 1877 and baptised at St. John's Church on 14 July 1880. Married 25 December 1903 to widower tannery worker Wright Beaumont at St. John's. Probably died 1958 at Peterborough.
  6. London Gazette (04/Apr/1921).