Cobbler locks up after 50 years in Dearne business

Cobbler Les Taylor locks up his shop at Goldthorpe for the last time.
Cobbler Les Taylor locks up his shop at Goldthorpe for the last time.

A cobbler who shod generations of families in just short of 50 years in business at Goldthorpe, has finally laid down his last.

Les Taylor’s shop on Barnsley Road at Goldthorpe opened in 1964, and stayed open throughout the miners’ strike when Mr Taylor supported many local families.

The 75-year old was born in Wombwell then lived in Mexborough, Goldthorpe and finally Barnburgh over the years.

He trained as a cobbler, working at Coombes in Mexborough as a young man, before establishing his own business, also selling shoes and other goods before expanding with a second shop at Wombwell.

The Wombwell shop closed in the 1990s but Goldthorpe remained open until this month.

Mr Taylor said: “I have worked in Goldthorpe most of my adult life and have seen generations of local families grow up. We have always tried to serve the local community by providing shoes at affordable prices and many people have said that they are going to miss the shop. I’ll miss talking to people I saw regularly and am sad to see the shop close.” Mr Taylor has two grandchildren.