Otley building firm celebrates 50th anniversary

Houldsworth family members at the front, from left, are owner Richard, son Joe, Joe’s son Archie, and the company’s founder, Basil Houldsworth, with their workforce and vans lined up behind Picture: Winpenny Photography

Houldsworth family members at the front, from left, are owner Richard, son Joe, Joe’s son Archie, and the company’s founder, Basil Houldsworth, with their workforce and vans lined up behind Picture: Winpenny Photography

First published in News

A family-run building firm in Otley is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Basil Houldsworth & Sons was started in 1962 by its namesake in a small rented workshop off Pool Road.

The fledgling business had just a bag of hand tools for equipment and a motorbike and sidecar for transport but it has prospered and grown over the intervening half century. The company's workforce and fleet of vans now operate from a much larger site off Leeds Road.

But it is still very much a family affair as this photograph, featuring four generations of Houldsworths, including current owner Richard and founder Basil, shows.

Mr Houldsworth senior started out as an apprentice joiner, carpenter and undertaker for S Phillips & Son in Station Road, Otley, where he was trained by craftsmen with a long history in the town.

Houldsworth & Sons has continued to train young people over the years in both traditional and modern joinery and building skills and currently has three apprentices. One of the firm’s most recent projects was converting a property in Orchard Gate into the new Otley Core Resource Centre – Otley Town Council’s new base and community resource.

The work involved adding a lift, making the building fully accessible and giving its interiors a contrasting colour scheme to aid people with dementia.

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