This record is held by West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield

Details of C358
Reference: C358



Minutes, circulars etc. from CWS headquarters, 1/1-9


Memoranda and articles of association etc. of fellmongering and related organisations, 1/10-24




Accounting instructions etc. from CWS headquarters, 2/1-2


Trading and stock accounts, 2/3-15


Wages books etc., 2/16-33


Purchase records etc


Records of wools, hoggs, pelts and lambs' skins, 3/1-10


Records of bull, cow and calf skins 3/11-22


Records of fat, bones etc. 3/23-25




Despatch notes and balances 4/1-3


Published material


C.W.S. Annual 5/1




Brushes etc. 6


CWS hide and skin depot, Leeds


Photographs 7/1-5


CWS hide and skin depot, Manchester


Wages books, 8/1-2


Photographs, 8/3-7


Jabez Rowell Ltd.


Annual accounts etc. 9/1


Ledgers 9/2-3


North Eastern Hide and Skin Co. Ltd.


Directors' minutes etc. 10/1


Balance sheets etc. 10/2


Accounts of the branches of Leeds and Newcastle 10/3-4


Account books 10/5-6

Date: 1908-1980
Held by: West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

CWS Fellmongery, Pontefract

Co-operative Wholesale Society & Fellmongery, Pontefract

Physical description: 8 Series
Access conditions:

Open unless otherwise indicated

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by the Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd., Meat Group, Metral House, 62-68 St. John Street, London EC1M 4HL


Per Mr. Dunford of the Pontefract Fellmongery

Administrative / biographical background:

The Co-operative Wholesale Society acquired the fellmongery on Knottingley Road, Pontefract from R. Waddington in 1909. The skins of sheep, cattle and pigs were bought from slaughter houses; the wool and hair was removed and the skins were pickled. A particularly white skin was produced by the firm, which was much prized by producers of parchment. Other parts of the animals yielded tallow, fats, bone glue ('Pontex') and fertiliser.


The Pontefract fellmongery was closely associated with other CWS skin and hide departments: the depots at Copley Hill, Whitehall Road, Leeds (C358/7), Manchester (C358/8), Newcastle, and Jabez Rowell Ltd., at Brigstock, Kettering, Northamptonshire (C358/9).


These concerns and others formed the North Eastern Hide and Skin Company in 1942. The Ministry of Food had suggested a pooling of resources to cope with wartime conditions and rationing. This association proved so profitable that it survived the war and was only dismantled in 1965 (C358/10).


The Pontefract fellmongery ceased trading in 1981

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