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Our History

Our History

JT Atkinson

The Atkinson family can trace its roots back to Cumbria when in 1860, James Atkinson left the family watermill at Little Salkeld, near Penrith, to establish a roofing business in Darlington. The business developed into a slate merchant and then into a builders merchant in the early 1900's.

JT Atkinson

Today the business is run by the 6th and 7th generation of the Atkinson family, we stock over 25,000 items across our branches, including building and roofing materials, heating and plumbing equipment, timber and joinery products. Our Penrith branch also has a Tool Hire and specialist Flood department. Our showrooms include the latest bathroom suites to cater for the trade and retail, you can also find a kitchen and stove showroom in our Kirkby Stephen branch.

Our new website team can facilitate bulk deliveries direct from branch into our local trading areas or through our network of couriers nationwide, we are also here to guide you through any project you may be undertaking, whether it be advice on specialist materials or stock enquiries please don’t hesitate to get in touch and put our team to the test!


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