ABOUT F.J. RATCHFORD


Established in Manchester in 1889 by Frederick John Ratchford (pictured left), Ratchford Ltd have since been suppliers of the finest luxury hardback binding and book covering materials. Our great history as bookbinding suppliers goes back to the golden days of the Industrial Revolution in Manchester, bringing you both traditional and contemporary hardback binding and covering book materials.

Today, still based in Manchester, we’re leading suppliers of the finest hardback book cloth materials. From the Buckram and linen bookbinding fabrics to woven and paper materials we offer an array of bookbinding, book covering supplies and book blocks in different colours, textures and coatings for all your bookbinding needs. We also offer an array of paper supplies, ideal for book covering, paper bags, and box wrapping, coming in different colours and textures.

We’re bringing you the Eclipse Range, our new, unique paper selection, ideal for wrapping, screen printing and dry debossing! 

Our selection of fabric and linen bookbinding supplies is ideal for luxury hardback book bindings and packaging and it comes in a rainbow of colours, ideal for those who want to combine the old with the new and give a modern look to the traditional hardback book form. Our book cloth binding selection, such as the Heritage Library Buckram fabric, or the environmentally-friendly lined Colorado cloth range are both ideal for foiling and widely preferred, among others, by students and Universities for dissertation bindings.




Based in Manchester, our supplies are widely delivered all over the UK. Whether you are a printing or binding company in need of hardback binding supplies or a hobbyist who would enjoy to take up a DIY challenge, we are here to help with our impressive variety of products, kits and tutorials in stock.

Enjoy our bookbinding starter kits and tutorials and bind your own book!

We supply our luxury fabric, linen and woven hardback bookbinding materials with paper backings and we sell our materials by the meter at very affordable prices. We also have a wide range of book blocks in stock, coming in different designs, colours and thickness, ideal for logbooks, journals, address books, guest or recipe books- an ideal gift for you or your loved ones!

With over 125 years of experience in the production of book, boxes, menus, luxury binding and packaging, we fully understand aspects such as surface coatings, bespoke making, durability, strength, design and budgets. When it comes to producing and supplying luxury hardback bookbinding materials here, at Ratchford Ltd, we consider all aspects and keep trying to create dynamic new products for our market.

Please contact us for further information into how we can assist you: enquiries@ratchford.co.uk


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