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The Society organises a winter programme from September to March

Heptonstall: 1592.
Johnston, A.F. & Hüsken, W.  (Ed). English Parish Drama. Rodopi, Amsterdam - Atlanta 1996. A paper by Palmer, D.P. 'Anye disguised persons': Parish Entertainment in West Yorkshire. Transcribed from a manuscript at Borthwick Institute for Archives, York. MSS. CP.G. 2651.

Sowerby: 1680 & 1682.
Horsfall Turner, J. (Ed). The Rev. Oliver Heywood. His Autobiography, Diary, Anecdote and Event Books. Bingley 1885.

Deanhead: 1690. The diary of the Reverend Robert Meeke of Slaithwaite. (1689 – 1704) West Yorkshire Archive Service Kirklees KX 367.

Ripponden: 1691
The Diary of the Reverend Robert Meeke of Slaithwaite. (1689 – 1704). West Yorkshire Archive Service Kirklees KX 367.

Luddenden: 1748.
Valentine, S.R. ed. Mirror of my Soul. The diary of an early Methodist preacher John Bennet, 1714-1754. Reproduced by Methodist Publishing House. 2002.

Illingworth: 1760.
Thompson, H. Illingworth Rushbearing, Ovenden Thump & back to Illingworth. 1951. Halifax Central Library. P398/L2847/1951.

Brighouse: C1795.
Halifax Courier Aug 12th 1865.

Sowerby: 1806
Sowerby Constables Account Books

Ripponden: 1842
Halifax Courier Jan 24th 1914. Chat with Mr. S. Mellor.    

Illingworth: 1843.
Thompson, H. Illingworth Rushbearing, Ovenden Thump & back to Illingworth. 1951. Halifax Central Library. P398/L2847/1951.

Sowerby Bridge: 1846.
The Leeds Mercury. August 22nd 1846.
The Bradford & Wakefield Observer; and Halifax, Huddersfield and Keighley Reporter. Aug 20th 1846.


Spring 2016 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

Upper Calderdale's suitability for the preservation of local cultural tradition is nowhere shown as strongly as in its wealth of folk tales about places, many of which are still being passed on by word of mouth.

Midgley Moor

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