Catalogue description Records of S. Cockburn and Son of Ossett, Printers

This record is held by West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield

Details of C101
Reference: C101
Title: Records of S. Cockburn and Son of Ossett, Printers

C101/1 - C101/3 Purchases


C101/4 - C101/17 Sales


C101/18 - C101/22 Accounts


C101/23 - C101/27 Premises


C101/28 - C101/38 Printing Blocks, Etc.


C101/39 - C101/81 Almanacks And Yearbooks


C101/39 - C101/56 Ossett Almanack and Yearbook


C101/57 - C101/64 Horbury Almanack and Yearbook


C101/65 - C101/69 Soothill Almanack and Yearbook


C101/70 - C101/76 Thornhill Almanack and Yearbook


C101/77 - C101/81 Dewsbury Almanack and Yearbook


C101/82 - C101/106 Printing Commissions and Samples


C101/107 - C101/108 S E Cockburn, Batley Grammar School Notebooks


C101/109 - C101/110 Secondary Works

Date: 1876-1951
Held by: West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

S Cockburn and Son, printers and publishers of Ossett

Physical description: 110 files
Access conditions:


  • Publishers
Administrative / biographical background:

S. Cockburn and Son of Ossett were the printers and publishers of the Ossett Observer, founded 1864, and the Horbury Observer, founded in 1870. Only accounts relating to their newspaper publishing are amongst this collection, but other examples of their commercial publishing are represented by their almanacks and yearbooks, and examples of commissioned printing and samples of all kinds of work.


After the sale of their newspaper interests their printing activities were increasingly dependent upon work undertaken for the West Riding County Council. The firm was finally bought out by the West Yorkshire County Council to enable it to establish an in-plant printing unit.

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