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Experts in eyecare and eyewear

Trusted independent eyecare across the North East

We have been looking after eyes for over 100 years.

Our history

Cooper & Leatherbarrow was established in 1902 by Ernest Cooper in a former photographer’s business on the corner of Russell Street and Northgate in Darlington (opposite to where Marks & Spencers currently stands).


George Leatherbarrow joined the practice in 1912 and the business became Cooper & Leatherbarrow in the mid-1930s.

The move to our current location in Duke Street came in 1967, from where our family firm has served our clients ever since. Ellis Leatherbarrow, grandson of George, joined the firm in 1981 and is now the principal, having succeeded his father, Ian, on his retirement in 1995. From its inception, the practice has had full workshop facilities, offering a comprehensive and speedy repair service. Workshop manager, Howard Bainbridge, is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers with over 60 years experience.


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Established in 1902

We are a family business in all respects, our patient base encompasses toddlers to great-grandparents, with a number of people having been clients for over 50 years.


Our company is based on the belief that our clients’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

Our philosophy

about locations

10 Duke Street, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 7AF 


Blandford Buildings, Horden, County Durham, SR8 4JF


17-19 Finkle Street, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4QA

Our locations

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