History & Heritage
The Mounfield's have occupied White House and the current business site since 1928. Due to expansion, David's grandfather, James Pratt Mounfield moved the business from a central village location, relocating from the building which is now the hairdressers.
However, it wasn't David's grandfather that founded the business.
Born in 1888, James Pratt Mounfield moved to Bubwith from Cheshire with his mother Annie, at around the turn of the 20th century. They came to live with Annie's brother, Jabez Thomas Pratt, David's great great uncle.
Originally from Darrington near Pontefract, Jabez Pratt's family relocated to Bubwith within ten years of him being born in 1860. He grew into "one of the most popular men of the village," and "was well known for many miles round as a cattle dealer and butcher," as stated in his obituary. It is unclear as to why Annie Mounfield and her son left Cheshire, but Jabez took her in, and made an apprentice of James in the form of a butcher's boy.
Having never married nor having children of his own, upon Jabez' death in 1914, the business passed straight to his nephew, James Pratt Mounfield. James ran the business for a matter of months before willingly signing up to fight in the Great War, thus having to close it down entirely from 1914 to 1918. Upon returning from the trenches, James had to start his business over from rock bottom, building it up piece by piece and gradually regaining a solid client base.
One of the definitive features of the Mounfield business is that they've always slaughtered on their own premises. However, this was temporarily discontinued during the ration years of WWII, whereby James Pratt Mounfield and his son, James Alan - better known as Alan - made their money by slaughtering privately for local farmers.
From leaving school and up until 1939, Alan worked alongside his father before leaving to join the RAF. In 1945 when he returned home, he immediately took over the family business. Originally named JP Mounfield and Son, Alan eventually rebranded to JA Mounfield and Son, to which, until very recently it has still been known.
After many years of success and further expansion, at the age of 65, Alan handed the business over to his son David, the current proprietor. Wanting to take the business forward in a new venture, David employed the help of his sister Anne, and together in 1987 they began making the pies that have since become famous across the county, winning countless prestigious awards, and are now recognised nationally as amongst the best in the country.
Today Anne still runs the bakery, and her son James works alongside his uncle David in the shop and slaughterhouse, mirroring the actions of his great grandfather James Pratt in a perfect symmetry, which truly is what makes Mounfield Butchers quintessentially family run.