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R J Leighfield


Arthur Leighfield

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Maurice Leighfield

Richard James Leighfield had three sons, James, Richard and Arthur. James and Richard learnt their trade whilst working for their father. When Arthur left school in 1930 R J Leighfield & Sons Limited was incorporated. 

Arthur Leighfield was actively engaged in the day to day running of the Company until R J Leighfield & Sons became part of the Chivers Group in 1979, when he became non-executive Chairman of R J Leighfield & Sons and its subsidiary company Swindon Heating Installations. He retired in January 1986 when the Company became part of the Crampton Group.


In addition to his involvement in the affairs of the Company, Arthur Leighfield paid an active part in the public life of Swindon. In the early 1940’s he was appointed a Magistrate and for many years. He was Chairman of the Juvenile Bench followed by a long period as Chairman of the Swindon Bench, a position he held until he retired on 31st March 1974 when the County and Swindon Benches were amalgamated. For services rendered as a Magistrate he was honoured by the Queen in the 1975 New Years Honours List when he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Maurice Leighfield, Arthur’s son, joined the Company on Tuesday 3 August 1948. Maurice was formally appointed Managing Director on 27th May 1960 an office he held until 30th May 1998 when he retired and  was succeeded by his son Simon. 

After completing, in 1980, a full time College Course in Building

Construction Simon Leighfield joined W E Chivers & Sons, the construction

subsidiary of Chivers Holdings. In 1983 he was seconded to R J Leighfield

& Sons serving the company as a Contracts Manager. In 1996 he was

appointed Contracts Director the position he held until in 1998 when,

upon the retirement of his father Maurice Leighfield, Crampton Holdings

Main Board appointed him R J Leighfield & Sons Managing Director.

During the summer of 2012 Robert Leighfield, joined the company

as a surveyor overseeing a major refurbishment contract. In 2020

Robert became Director and Company Secretary of the business.


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