Bringing History Alive

Photos from the Hebden Bridge Local History Society

History Programme: September 2016 – March 2017

Our new programme starts on 28 September

The new Hebden Bridge Local History Society programme includes talks on the Brontë Family, past funeral customs in Calderdale, traditional farmhouses and buildings, the women machinists' strike of 1916, Carols and Christmas, seeing Marilyn in Korea, Mytholmroyd from earliest times, the inventor of 'Cats' Eyes', Victorian pollution and more.

See What's On for more information.

Lecture report: Joseph Wood, a Yorkshire Quaker

Railway RoundaboutJoseph Wood, a Yorkshire Quaker

Pamela Cooksey told the Local History Society of his many notebooks which included accounts of his visits to the Calder Valley in the late 18th Century. Read more 23 March

Lecture report: Calderdale Conscientious Objectors in the First World War

Widdop"And if a German violated your mother?"

1914 had seen a kind of war fever, where any anti-war sentiment would be howled down as unpatriotic. John Rhodes, who has made a study of this period, told Society members about what happened to those who opposed the war and those who sought exemption from military service on grounds of conscience. Read more 9 March

Lecture report: Calder Valley Connections to Magna Carta

WiddopLocal Connections to Magna Carta

Alan Petford Memorial Lecture - David Cant explained to the audience at the Local History Society, the charter was basically a peace treaty, broken within months. Read more 4 March 2016


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Autumn 2016

How to use this site

Use these pages to find information on the Society's own activities, links to local and other historical organisations' sites, and links to useful resources for local history researchers.

What do we do?

We have a programme of fortnightly talks on Wednesday evenings in Hebden Bridge Methodist Church Hall. The 2015-2016 programme starts in September. Our Archive is open to members

History Society Archive and Family History Opening Times.

Come and join us!

There are lots of activities to get involved in as well as the Society's regular programme of events.

Trestle Bridge

Trestle Bridge, Blake Dean c1904

West End Bridge

West End Bridge, 1960s

Family History

The group runs a popular programme of workshops and drop-in sessions at the Birchcliffe Centre

Churn Milk Joan

A major role of folklore is to express the 'common sense' of a community - in other words, the shared rhythms and beliefs and ways of doing things that are accepted and largely followed locally.

Midgley Moor

For some years now a small group of friends has been exploring the evidence for prehistoric activity in the South Pennines.

Calderside Mill

What you find in this section are the results of about ten years work - visiting archives, interviewing local residents and digging up new photos.