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of Oak Tannery, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, 3. Telephone: Leeds 29621. Cables: "Paul, Leeds"
William Paul, the Leeds tanner, handled the European distribution of the first graining machine patented by Coogan in 1873, and was subsequently granted a patent on an improved machine initially manufactured by Joseph Hall & Co.
1876  The tannery was built by Firth and Kendal of Idle, for William Paul. The tannery produced leather for shoe, harness and industrial use.
1890 William Paul took up residence at Cookridge Hall and the Paul family remained there until 1954, when the estate was sold by the executors of T. W. Paul. William Paul was a keen sportsman who raced greyhounds and kept horses and a pack of beagles for hare hunting. 
1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Upper Leather for Footwear also Leather for making Footballs and Leather Goods. Including Chrome Sides, Dressed East Indian Kips**, Hide Bellies and Shoulders, Football Butts, Backs and Dressed Split Hides. (Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 412) 
1968 It closed, and most of the buildings were later demolished except for the office block.