How we started

J & J W Longbottom was formed in the late 1870’s, a partnership between brothers Joe and Joshua Woodhead Longbottom, both of Holmfirth. Although Joshua had trained as a foundryman from leaving school, brother Joe worked in textiles as a cloth drawer, employing 2 people. By 1877, the company had grown to employ 20 people. In the late 19th century as well as rainwater goods, the company took on general work, an example being lampposts for the local council. On the death of Joe, aged 53, brother Joshua continued to run the business until his own death in 1924, aged 74 when the company passed to the Firth family, Joe’s nephew. In the mid-19th century the foundry was expanded to accommodate the increasing demand for heavy grates as well as rainwater goods.

Sloan & Davidson

In 1992 following the closure of well-respected company Sloan and Davidson Ltd, who had operated for over a century making similar castings, we acquired the company together with their impressive pattern range giving us the widest range of patterns in the industry. Most of these patterns are original meaning we can often offer matches for existing castings such as gutters without the need for a new pattern.


Daily production continues today following the same age-proven, traditional methods, but augmented where appropriate by modern materials and practices. With nearly a century and a half of unbroken production we already have a very comprehensive pattern range but with patternmaking and fabrication facilities at the foundry we can also replicate existing patterns and make to new designs.

Our business

Making traditional cast iron rainwater goods that will serve and enhance their building for a long time to come.

Family Run Business

Today Longbottoms remains a family run business with a commitment to exceptional service. Our experienced sales staff will help you identify the correct product for your project. With unrivalled stocks of most products and the ability to manufacture specials straight away we can offer prompt delivery times to all parts of the country, usually on our own delivery vehicles.

Why Choose Cast Iron ?

The use of cast iron for drainage purposes has successfully stood the test of time and installation of this established material is being increasingly specified and insisted upon to preserve the traditional appearance of buildings where other materials would look simply “out of place”. Once adequately installed, many years of minimal maintenance and trouble-free use will follow.

J & JW Longbottom

Our Timeline


Brothers Joe and Joshua Woodhead Longbottom establish their business at Bridge Foundry



J & J W Longbottom Ltd is incorporated



Company site expanded following the purchase of adjacent land



Foundry extended



Company purchased by Roberts Castings Ltd, a local Foundry established in 1868



Sloan and Davidson acquired



Parent company Roberts Castings Ltd celebrates 150 years in business



Company celebrates 100 years since incorporation.