Our shop is stocked with Bookbinding materials and equipment from:-

Harmatan Leather - Leather panels or Skins to order,

Tom McEwan - Finishing tools,

John and Jane Jeffery's - Lino print papers. (we are the sole suppliers of these papers),

Mossglade Fabrics Ltd - Bookcloth in stock

Craft papers and Kits
Also art books new and secondhand and new and secondhand bookbinding equipment.

We now offer a bespoke picture framing service at our shop in Halifax. All samples on hand to make your decision on frames and mounts.

Direction and opening times here

Or visit us online

We are one of the few remaining craft binderies operating in the North of England, and specialise in high quality bookbinding and design work.

As well as our bookbinding services we are proud to offer our range of high quality, handbound wedding albums. In a world of mass production and dated designs, we believe these albums to be new, exiting and unique.

If you are interested in learning bookbinding skills you can join a course, or if you would simply like to try your hand, we also offer a range of kits to develop your skills and produce a variety of personal and attractive items for you to make.

To find out more please browse our site and don't forget to bookmark us for information about forthcoming courses and events.




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We would like to introduce you to our new range of contemporary Wedding Albums. In a world of mass production and dated designs, we believe these albums to be new, exiting and unique.

There are four styles in the range : The Delius, The Elgar, The Walton and The Purcell. All the albums are made using the best quality materials available, including Goatskins, Japanese Silks and our own hand painted papers. Our albums are designed and made entirely by hand at our premises in Halifax, Yorkshire, in conjunction with our clients.

As a small company, we are also able to offer individually designed albums to suit your requirements. If you do not see something you like, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your ideas.



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Bookbinding is at the heart of our business. We are involved in all aspects of bookbinding, including box making, edition work and design binding. We also repair and rebind books for both antiquarian book dealers and private collectors alike. If you would like to discuss your requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Highgrove Florilegium.

Highgrove Florilegium bound by Conways of HalifaxOne of the most prestigious projects we are involved with is the binding of the Highgrove Florilegium. The book, hand bound half leather with hand marbled paper sides, is a two volume set, depicting the plants and flowers grown in the gardens at Highgrove, home of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. The book has been seven years in the planning. Profits from the sale of the books go toward the Princes Trust Foundation. For more detailed information about the project, please visit www.addisonpublications.com



Our edition work, usually in numbers of around 150 – 200 are made primarily for Private Presses. These may vary from quarter leather bindings to cloth bindings, depending on customer requirements. Pictured are a selection of books worked on over recent times.


Box making and Presentation work.

Box making comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and have many uses. They vary from a simple slipcase to a drop back box with a gold tooled leather spine. They have many uses, including the protection of rare and valuable books and material. They are also used for collectors of footall and sports programmes and can be made in suitable club colours.



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Welcome to our programme of courses

All the courses are taught by Stephen Conway (unless otherwise stated), a professional bookbinder with over thirty years experience of craft bookbinding. Having served a five-year apprenticeship, he established his own business in 1985. In 2001 he was elected as a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, a society devoted to the maintenance and improvement of standards in hand bookbinding. In 2011, he became President of the society.

Over the year, we run several bookbinding courses, aimed primarily at people with little experience or completely new to the craft. A broad range of subjects are covered including single section and case binding, box making and albums. Courses can be arranged for small groups with specific needs, such as Library staff and book arts groups.

The courses are held at our fully equipped bindery in Halifax, one of the few remaining craft binderies in the North of England. Situated in a pleasant central location, the bindery has ground floor access and ample parking for weekend courses.

Courses booking details here

Details of previous courses held 2013 here

Conways of Halifax bookbinding course 


A taster course for complete beginners.
Saturday 25th April OR 16th May 2015

10 – 4 
no materials cost. Refreshmenst included.

‘Single Section Notebooks’

Make a selection of single section Notebooks, with Stephen Conway and Roger Grech.
Suitable for beginners, all abilities welcome.

With the skills gained from this workshop you will be able to make simple yet high quality notebooks from home, with no need for specialist equipment. The skills gained during the day workshop will also give you a good grounding in the basic binding·techniques needed for more advanced forms of the craft.

To book your place, and to arrange payment, please email fiona@conwaysofhalifax.co.uk .

Cancellation by you up to 1 month before the course then a full refund will be given, or transfer onto another course. If cancelled within a month of the date then 50% will be refunded or transfer onto another course.

Thank you

Fiona Conway

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48 New Road
West Yorkshire

Tel : +44(0) 01422 353767
Mob: 0791 805 3348

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We open Tuesday to Saturday 10-4 but occasionally have to close if we are attending a fair.

Please ring before travelling to avoid a wasted journey.

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