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.
thoughts, sympathies and condolences go out to his family at this sad
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.
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.
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
- Friends of Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre
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.