It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Leslie Robinson; local historian, author, teacher, collector and of course owner of the Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre.

Our thoughts, sympathies and condolences go out to his family at this sad time.

We are lucky that there are many wonderful characters in the Denby Dale Parish area and Leslie certainly fitted that description well. He was a resolute and determined man, saving the cottage at Queen Street from demolition and restoring it as the wonderful tribute and memorial to the local hand loom weavers of the past. A tradition that was very much in Leslie's genetic make-up and a tradition that he was keen was not forgotten.

Those of you who have visited the cottage will testify to its magic. You not only get a true sense of how weavers lived but can see samples of the beautiful fabrics they were able to produce.

I hope the Friends of Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre will be able to continue Leslie's work in showing visitors his passion for textiles and the people who produced them. We owe Leslie a great debt.

Tony Weatherby

Chair - Friends of Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre

Welcome to the Friends of Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre website 

The aim of the Friends is to support the owner of the heritage centre, Leslie Robinson, in making the centre accessible to visitors and to assist with the housekeeping of the cottage.

Imagine stepping back in time to 1900.

The cottage consists of living quarters downstairs and a working hand-loom and exhibits on the upper floor.

  • Ground Floor

  • Hand Loom

6 Queen Street

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