Rhodes Joinery & Building Services Ltd are proud to be back working for Insider Property Industry Awards (Yorkshire) 2020 winner, Barclay Firth on their Marsden Farm Court development in Nelson, Lancashire.

Eight new build properties are now finished on this stunning development and work now moves on to two Grade II listed properties.  Barclay Firth purchased the site part developed and faced many setbacks caused by previous developers.  With a wealth of experience behind them all the challenges were overcome and the beautifully finished, energy efficient homes are designed with families in mind – light and bright with vaulted ceilings and plenty of all important storage space.  The development is also wildlife friendly with native shrub and wildflower planting and even hedgehog gaps in the fences.

For more information or to view the development, please visit the Barclay Firth website:  Marsden Farm Court, Nelson – Barclay Firth

To arrange a viewing for the remaining properties, please contact the agents Charnock Bates:  Estate Agents Halifax, Huddersfield, Ripponden, London – Charnock Bates


Cooper’s Kitchen and Bar is more recently known as occupying the previous Cooper Kitchens Hardware store.  Historically it was originally built around 1872.  The property was originally part of the adjoining building (now The Heist bar) and was owned by the famous Mr Cooper Kitchen.  Born in Halifax in 1852, Cooper was a well known Ironmonger, mill furnisher and bicycle manufacturer of Elland.  He produced in the region of 10 different models of tricycle, bicycle, and penny-farthing to include the popular Elland Anti-vibration safety bicycle – a life size replica of which is now on display behind the bar in Coopers.

The hardware store was bought in 2019 by Rhodes Joinery & Building Services.  Having already purchased Unit 2 The Wheatsheaf on Briggate, Elland in 2018 and refurbished the property completely into the companies new offices we could see the potential that Elland still has and wanted to give back.

In 2020, the pandemic hit businesses hard and so after careful reassessment we decided to complete the refurbishment at a slower pace and in the meantime reinvest into another venture that became the successful Roots Wholefoods on Southgate, Elland.  Since then other independent shops have also opened giving a much needed boost to the town.

As things tentatively settle down, work pushed forward with Coopers Kitchen and Bar which finally opened on 2nd December 2021 with Kirsty Starkey managing.

We have tried to refurbish the property sympathetically in keeping with local history and have also commissioned a talented local artist, Richard Everett to paint a huge mural wall consisting of well known, local places and photographs taken over the years.  As this is completed customers will have the chance to pop in during the day to watch as he works.

The life size replica of the Penny Farthing that Cooper Kitchen invented and produced was commissioned from Richards of England based in Hull.


Work slowly continues at the new Coopers Kitchen and Bar on Southgate, Elland.  After our success with setting up Roots Wholefood shop, also based on Southgate, Rhodes Joinery & Building Services Ltd purchased the old Cooper Kitchens hardware shop (Once a part of the historical Cooper Kitchen property for those with an interest in the Penny Farthing Bikes) and have been in the process of converting it into a new bar and restaurant.  Because of the pandemic we have been careful to take this project slowly rather than rush into opening too soon and hopefully we now have an end in sight.

Having already purchased and converted a part of what was the old Wheatsheaf pub into our offices, we could see what a vibrant town Elland was capable of becoming once again.  A historical market town that is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, Elland has a wealth of history.

Having been bypassed by the A629 coming from Ainley Top off the M62 towards Halifax the town found itself with buildings left empty and with no purpose largely due to a lack of traffic coming through the town.  The change over the last couple of years is now starting to make all the difference with the regenerated Friday Market, fantastic cafe’s, new bars and independent shops springing up to complement our historical pubs as local people began to invest and believe in the town again.  Elland has also secured funding to regenerate the town centre and work should begin on building a new train station once plans are finally approved.






Rhodes Joinery & Building Services Ltd are pleased to announce that we have recently passed our three yearly inspection with the Federation of Master Builders.  The FMB not only thoroughly vet potential members on joining but also thereafter.  We are proud to be a part of this well known association.

Earlier this year Barclay Firth  became the winners of the 2020 Yorkshire Property Industry Award for ‘Residential Development of the Year’ (fewer than 50 homes).

Rhodes Joinery & Building Services are incredibly proud to have our joinery and plumbing teams to have been allowed to participate in this truly stunning development at Beech Gardens in Halifax.

A huge well done to Barclay Firth and everyone involved.  A much deserved award.

Residential Development of the Year Winners 2020! (barclayfirth.com)

Hot on the heels of our success with Roots Wholefoods on Southgate, Elland work is still continuing with our current local project – Cooper Kitchen & Bar.  When we purchased this property the vision was similar to the one we had with Roots Wholefoods which was to try and invest in our local town with the hope that others would follow.

Situated in the old Cooper Kitchens shop also on Southgate, work is progressing gradually as we navigate our way through the current climate.  When we first decided to go ahead with this project none of us foresaw what was to come!

This week we installed our custom made replica of the Moorgate No.5 Dwarf Penny Farthing which was made around 1885 by Cooper Kitchen & Co in our very own town of Elland.  A huge thank you to the very talented Richards of England for their expertise on this.

Keep an eye on our Cooper Kitchen & Bar Facebook page for more details:  Cooper Kitchen & Bar. – Posts | Facebook

We can’t wait to welcome you all once we open in the very near future.