Bringing History Alive

Photos from the Hebden Bridge Local History Society

The story of the fustian co-operative at Nutclough Mill

NutcloughThe Nutclough Mill in Hebden Bridge was the home of a daring and visionary venture in industrial production: a worker-run co-operative which ran, at a profit, for almost fifty years and achieved national and international fame. Andrew Bibby, local author and member of the society, spoke to the Society about how this successful model of production was established and about its role in changing and shaping the character of Hebden Bridge. Read more  Sat 1 December 2018

Anne Lister: the life and loves of a local lady

Parish recordsWith the newly filmed story of Anne Lister about to launch on TV, it was an appropriate time for Hebden Bridge Local History Society to hear something of her story from a long serving volunteer at Shibden Hall whose talking tours bring its most famous resident to life.

Christine Booth spoke with enthusiasm and insight of the woman whose nickname, Gentleman Jack, signified her role as a grudgingly respected outsider in early 19th century Halifax. Read report  
Monday, 19 November 2018

'People All Full of Business'

Full of BusinessThis was how Daniel Defoe described what he saw as he passed through the Calder Valley in the early 1700s.

In their talk at Hebden Bridge Local History Society, Sheila Graham and Barbara Hall showed how they had used the wills and probate records of residents to find out more about the people who lived in Halifax at that time.

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The Whittakers and the Holme at Cliviger:

The Norman Conquest of YorkshireRoger Frost, former teacher and a writer on local history, spoke to the Local History Society about the area of Cliviger near Burnley, and specifically about the Holme, residence of the Whittaker family. Roger pointed out that the geology of Cliviger, with its layers of limestone erratics, contributed to its wealth, as lime was a valuable commodity in agriculture and construction. Read more Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Changing Times, Changing Heroines

Changing Times, Changing HeroinesAmy Binns,  lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and author of Valley of a Hundred Chapels, asked the audience at Hebden Bridge Local History Society meeting to write down their nominations women they thought of as heroines. There was quite a range.

Read more Wednesday, 3 October 2018

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

Alan Petford book

The Clothing Industry of Hebden Bridge: selected texts. Edited by Nigel Smith and Diana Monahan. This book contains four unpublished texts on the clothing industry that dominated Hebden Bridge for much of the twentieth century.

See Publications section for more info.

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Autumn 2018

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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 2018-2019 programme started in September. Our Archive is open to members

History Society Archive and Family History Opening Times.

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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.