Way back in 1969 a company was formed to carry out caravan
repairs in the North West of England, namely Crossley Caravan
Company was based in a small workshop on the Crossley House Industrial
Estate in Penwortham near Preston. Three people set up the company,
Mrs & Mrs Gordon Hold, who then were the owners of Dave Barron
Caravans and Mr Jack Collinson. Mr Collinson being a coachbuilder
from the old school and the only working partner in the new business
Starting off with a two-man workforce, it was not long before
extra hands were required to cope with the volume of work. In August
1974 Mr Stuart Yates joined the team, having completed his apprenticeship
with Fowlers Coachworks in Leyland, working as a coachbuilder.
His wide variety of skill was just what Crossley needed to further
their expertise in the new and growing market of touring caravans.
The company went from strength to strength taking on more staff
and venturing into a wider variety of work. As the skilled work
increased in the coachbuilding industry it was not long before
the key persons, Jack Collinson and Stuart Yates had quite a name
for themselves among the United Kingdoms Showman’s Guild – The
In June 1980 Stephen Fairweather joined the Crossley team from
school as an apprentice, Stephen was fresh and eager to learn the
new skills from the years of experience from his colleagues.
January of 1981, Crossley Caravan Repairs moved premises to the
Dave Barron Caravans site in Coppull near Chorley. This 5-acre
site had been purchased to consolidate the growing businesses within
the Barron group. Our Accident Repair Centre workshop space had
grown with the move, and there was a need to take on more staff.
Volume of work increased and as caravans were becoming more complex
vehicles, the need for tighter quality controls was paramount.
Crossley Caravan Repairs was growing fast with the name at the
forefront of the Repair Industry. With the well-deserved retirement
of Jack Collinson, the owners decided Stuart Yates was the ideal
person to take the firm forward. In 1988 Stuart became a partner
in Crossley Caravan Repairs and Stephen Fairweather was promoted
to Workshop Foreman. Both men were committed to taking the firm
into the nineties as the leading UK caravan repairers.
In 1992 the firm moved to their present home, an 11,000sqft site
in Leyland. Facilities on this include a unique laminating press
(the only one in the country for repairs), a 7 bay workshop, a
full size spray bake oven, service bay with ramp, 2 drying bays,
separate parts storage, offices, staff room, and fully computerized
systems with parking for over 100 caravans.
The name was changed to Crossley Coachcraft to coincide with
Entering the new Millennium, the managing partners, Stuart Yates
and Stephen Fairweather, with the help of their team maintained
the position; Crossley Coachcraft the leading company within the
Significant achievements included acquiring recognition from the
major insurance companies as a recommend repairer and obtaining
the same professional accreditation from all the leading caravan
Over 42 years from the beginning, Crossley Coachcraft continue
their innovation with a new corporate image, logos, apparel, signage
and livery. Crossley Coachcraft has always been referred to as
Crossleys, from suppliers to customers. In today’s fast paced
business world the rebranding resulted in changing the name from
Crossley Coachcraft to:
The new modern look demonstrates to our customers the dynamic approach
we adopt. We continue to move forward, constantly looking for new
ideas, better materials and initiating modern up to date techniques.
We have been at the forefront of our industry for many years, an
accomplishment we are proud of.
Safe in our hands, highly skilled
staff will give your tourer or motorhome a CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH