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Autumn and Winter Programme of Talks

Family history courseThe programme of forthcoming talks is now available from our What's on page, starting Wednesday, 26 September - as usual at the Hebden Bridge Methodist Church at 7.30pm and fortnightly from then onwards.

The first talk with be on Changing times, changing heroines: what happened after the suffragettes? with speaker Amy Binns

Family History Course

Family history course We will be running another beginners’ family history course starting on 1 October 2018 for 10 weeks. It will be on Monday evenings 7:30 to 9:30 at the Birchcliffe Centre and will cover the records you need to take your English or Welsh ancestry back to around 1840. It is suitable for complete beginners or anyone who has done some research already. Contact Anne Mealia for more information. Download Form.

Discovery Day

Food and Farming in the Calder Valley, Past, Present and Future

Birchcliffe Centre, Saturday 15th September 2018

This day will include:-An introduction to archives held by HBLHS that have reference to land use and farming, including historic publications, maps, wills and deeds and photographs. A closer look at Local Probate Records, the 1939 Farm Survey and Farm Buildings.

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The Alan Petford Memorial Lecture 2018

Parish recordsThe Alan Petford Memorial Lecture 2018 Township boundaries and commons disputes in the South Pennines. To the eye of the average walker, the moorland hills around Hebden Bridge might seem miles away from dispute and confrontation, but research carried out by Dr Nigel Smith, tells how disagreements over the location of township boundaries reached a peak of litigation in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Read report Thursday, 5 April 2018

The Norman Conquest of Yorkshire:

The Norman Conquest of YorkshireDr Paul Dalton spoke about the resistance to Norman rule in Yorkshire in the years that followed the Battle of Hastings. In Yorkshire, William was seen not to have kept his promises, and the imposition of heavy taxes was resented. York itself was described by a contemporary chronicler as being peopled by ‘wild men… seething with discontent’.
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Seven Centuries of Recorded Floods in the Calder Valley

FloodsThirty people struggled through snow and blizzards to attend a talk on the subject of floods. Nick Wilding, local filmmaker, spoke about ‘Seven Centuries of Floods in the Calder Valley’ at a meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society.

Read more Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Alan Petford book

This is no ordinary local history book. It is the first publication for many years to cover aspects of the history of various localities across the South Pennines, rather than focusing on the history of a specific area. Produced by the South Pennine History Group as a memorial volume for the late Alan Petford, a gifted local history lecturer, it presents the results of new research by some of the many people that he inspired. See Publications section for more info and short YouTube video.


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Autumn 2017


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 2017-2018 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

Newsletter

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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.