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Joinery, Carpentry and Building Services, Buxton, High Peak, Derbyshire



Building on Three Generations of Experience

About Us and Our History

JnCocker providing joinery services in Derbyshire and building services in Derbyshire for three generationsThe Cocker name is renowned in Derbyshire for being associated with quality workmanship and reliability in the building and construction industry for more than three generations, accumulating a valuable insight and vast knowledge in traditional and modern skills associated with all your building, conservation and maintenance requirements.

J.N.Cocker Joinery Ltd was founded by John and Pat Cocker 25 years ago. John was an apprentice to his father Norman, who, after leaving the RAF where he repaired wooden spitfires, went to work for his brother, Stan Cocker of S.J.Cocker  Builders and Joiners of Buxton, were in those days  had to push a hand cart from the workshop behind the Cheshire Cheese Pub   on  Cheese Hill, in Buxton with all your tools and a 25 foot ladder on! These days have long gone, but the heritage and legacy left behind still remains.

After  taking on a five year apprenticeship to my father, and like him achieving City and Guilds and Advanced City and Guilds qualifications, some 28 years later now find myself  running J.N.Cocker ltd after John & Pat retiring earlier this year.

Working alongside my father and grandfather, I soon gained a vast knowledge and range of skills within the joinery industry, both in bench work and site work, from the smallest job to the largest, one of which was the remaking of the Stage and orchestra pit during the refurbishment of the famous Frank Matcham’s  Buxton Opera House.

In April this year John and Pat embarked on a well-earned retirement, leaving behind this little note to all their respected customers, both new and old:

As well as leaving me the following note. They also left behind the best reputation for building & joinery in Buxton and the surrounding area

Hello All,

Little did I know that when I started my own business 25 years ago I would be writing this. Many things have changed since then, as we are all aware. Customers have come and gone, but I still had the privilege of working for one or two of you who I worked for when I was an apprentice on the princely sum of 1/3 d per hour, or 6.25 pence. (I bet one or two of you wish that was still the hourly rate!)

Over the years, I have met many people and travelled a fair few miles to do so. But Pat and I have both decided the time has come to hang up the overalls and pass the keys over to our eldest son Steve, who many of you know through him working for you, and his wife Sue.

Steve, as you know, was apprenticed to me and with nearly 30 years’ experience in the trade and having done most of the manual work for a few years now has gained the respect and admiration of fellow tradesmen. But we feel the time has now come for him to have the out of hours work as well. (While I am on the subject, can I please say, if you didn’t know, that Sue is partially hearing, so please be aware)

I have to go and hitch the caravan on the car..!

Regards Pat & John