Bringing History Alive

Photos from the Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Memories from Hebden Bridge Pharmacies

Memories from Hebden Bridge PharmaciesThe apothecary’s bottles, jars and scales on display at the season’s first meeting of Hebden Bridge Local History Society seemed redolent of an ancient craft; in fact they were an essential part of the working life of long time Society member Linda Powell, who began her career in the Co-op Pharmacy in Hebden Bridge in the 1960s.

Read more Wednesday, 27 September 2017

History Society Winter Talks programme

The Local History Society series of talks from September until March are now listed here in the Events section.

Find more out about seven centuries of floods in the Calder Valley, Top Withins, Thousands visiting Hardcastle Crags in the late 19th century, how the Hippies changed Hebden Bridge in the 1970s, local pharmacies, the evil eye in Mytholmroyd farms, the Norman Conquest of Yorkshire and more.

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Unity Plaque Unveiled at Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Unity PlaqueHebden Bridge has a long history of involvement in The Cooperative Movement and this was remembered recently when the Mayor, Pat Fraser, unveiled a plaque in the Greenwood Room at the Town Hall. The Greenwood Room had recently been refurbished by the Community Association. Joseph Greenwood, after whom the room is named, was a founder member and long-term manager of the Hebden Bridge Fustian Manufacturing
Read more   28 June 2017

The Artisan Naturalists

Percy ShawSpeaker Rob Trueblood told the History Society about self-taught working men - e.g., handloom weavers, shoemaker and tin worker - who became experts in Botany. These men from Lancashire and Yorkshire would meet, sometimes on ’botanizing’ field trips, and correspond. But what was even more significant was their passion to teach as well as to learn. Read more   29 March 2017

Be thankful you can flush. A tale of the Great Stink!

Percy ShawIn the summer of 1858, the city of London came to a standstill. And what brought London to its knees was the stench emanating from the River Thames. The river was literally choking on raw sewage. Speaker Tony Boughton gave a talk about the problems caused by the rapid growth of urban areas in the 19th century.

Read more   15 March 2017

Exhibition: How the Hippies changed Hebden Bridge

Percy ShawAn exhibition organised by the Hebden Bridge Local History Society aimed to show how those who moved into our area in the 1970s - the locals called them ‘hippies’ - kick-started the cultural renaissance which is today so Hebden Bridge.

The Exhibition ran from Monday, 6 March for 5 weeks at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Read more   6 March 2017

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


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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.