30th birthday celebrations for Horbury’s Spinning Wheel shop

A traditional wool shop in Horbury is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.

The Spinning Wheel, on Tithe Barn Street, first opened as a textile shop in 1984 and its building has been around since the street was just a dirt path.

The Spinning Wheel in Horbury has been open for thirty years. Current  owner, Julie Tipton.

The Spinning Wheel in Horbury has been open for thirty years. Current owner, Julie Tipton.

Its current owner, Julie Tipton, took on the shop in November 2009, having had an interest in knitting and crocheting from a young age.

Mrs Tipton, 51, said: “I have had the shop for five years now and took it on as a project in the middle of the recession.

“My auntie taught me to knit and crochet from as young as I can remember and I have always enjoyed arts and crafts.

“Even from very young I said I wanted a shop and when I saw this was for sale, I thought ‘go for it’.

“I don’t know much about the history of the shop but I believe at one point it was a barbers and after that became a carpet shop. It was first run as a wool and dress shop 30 years ago and since then has always been a textile store.

“Some of the customers come in saying they remember buying wool to make baby clothes for their children and they now are coming in for wool for their grandchildren so the shop does have a lot of long-standing customers.

“A lot of the traditional wool shops have gone now and I think a lot of wool is now sold online.

“But I find that people like to come into the shop so they can feel and touch the wool and see the colours properly.”

The mum-of-two creates some of the decorative material on display at the shop and offers advice to customers trying out different knitting and crocheting patterns.

She also runs two knit and natter classes at the shop each week, on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings.

The Spinning Wheel also raises funds for charity.

It had a stall at Horbury Street Fair selling knitted and crocheted children’s animals in aid of the Art Foundation and is holding a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday, September 26.

Mrs Tipton, who lives in Wakefield city centre, said: “Working in the shop, you develop a relationship with your customers

and you are touched by a lot of people.

“You hear so many stories of people affected by cancer and of course you want to give something back to help them.”

For more details about the shop, visit www.spinningwheeluk.co.uk