Woven headbands Book binding leather
Please note last dispatch day for 2015
will be Tuesday 22nd December
2015. We reopen for the New Year
on Monday 4th January 2016.

One hundred and twenty six years
One Family.

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Quality covering materials since 1889 for books, boxes, stationery, luxury packaging, arts and crafts and to wherever your imagination may lead you......

new Chiyogami paper    
Welcome to our online website which is constantly being updated with exciting new products, which are ideal for making books, boxes, stationery, luxury packaging, arts and crafts, conservation and restoration,

and to wherever your imagination may lead..

To start shopping please click here.

See our selection of self adhesive cloth tapes (above) or our Chiyogami papers (below)

To start shopping please click here.

For quick links please click on the thumbnails to the right, or those highlighted.
If you have any questions then we will do our best to assist you enquiries@ratchford.co.uk

In brief:

We are pleased to be able to offer a wide selection of well known books from our bookshop, also see our special offers, and please click on the quick links (highlighted below). Headbands,  Tools and accessories, threads, leathers, marbling, wooden equipment.

See our new range of Lizard sketchbooks

If you are looking for anything new, and cannot find this online then please feel free to contact us tel: 0161 480 8484or email: enquiries@ratchford.co.uk.

Cutting mats self healing

Trade customers     
F.J.Ratchford‘s are delighted to celebrate 126 years this year as one of the few remaining family businesses committed to stocking and supplying quality materials, and a huge range of accessories into a wide number of markets in the UK and abroad.


We are possibly the largest stockist of buckram and book cloths in the UK

and our range of covering materials are specially made for us either using our own base cloths or custom made by a number of factories to our own specification.

Showrooms, offices and warehouse.

Part of our in house slitting facilities.

Along with our extensive range of accessories, papers and kits, leathers, and tools and equipment. FJ Ratchford are your one stop for all your requirements!

New handmade marble papers

 "Frost" Marble paper (special design)
510mm x 750mm long grain, 120gsm £10 sheet, and
An Italian vein design using real gold paint, on a bright cherry red base paper. Sheets 510mm x 7520mm Long grain - 120g - £9.95 per sheet

In 1889 Frederick John Ratchford started what was to become a lifetimes family commitment for five generations work, to explore and develop new products, by stretching the boundaries in product design, and quality specifications, yet still concentrating on the main core business of stocking and supplying quality cloth and paper covering materials. Please click on the link to see the various applications for our materials. 

Over the years, we have grown to be recognised as a major stockist and supplier in the UK, and abroad, due to a healthy export business.

We welcome all customers, to feel free by contacting us by email enquiries@ratchford.co.uk, or phone 0161 480 8484or visiting us (office hours or by appointment) at Kennedy Way, Green Lane, Stockport Cheshire SK4 2JX.

Our own range of quality covering materials have kept in line with the modern requirements of our customers, but we have not forgotten where we started and our ongoing wishes to see continuation of the traditional cloths being used by traditional book binders, printers, stationers, pattern book manufacturers, designers, hobbyists etc.
For further information please contact us: enquiries@ratchford.co.uk 

See our new trend shades

World of Ratchford
Contact Us
3mm foam board

Kennedy Way, Green Lane,
Stockport, Cheshire.

Tel: 0161 480 8484
Fax: 0161 480 3679
email: sales@ratchford.co.uk
Book binding leather
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