People Puzzles and Earning a Living:
Mike Crawford gave the The Alan Petford Memorial Lecture 2017. The work of local historian and educator Alan Petford is still much missed, but his legacy is very much alive in the flowering of seeds planted by him, such as the project to transcribe and make available the wills and other probate documents from the parish of Halifax at the end of the seventeenth century. Monday, 13 February 2017
Mytholmroyd: the development of a Pennine village
Rodney Collinge was both a pupil and a teacher at Calder High School, and now as he looks out on those familiar hills, he likes to imagine the people who have walked those tracks in the past. In a comprehensive talk to Hebden Bridge Local History Society, Rodney described how developments from the Ice Age to the end of the 19th century have left their marks on the area.
Read report 31 January 2017
Did I see Marilyn?
Allan Stuttard gave a talk on his time as a soldier during the Korean War. It was 1952 and conscription was the lot of all 18 old boys, and Allan Stuttard was eager to leave his Hebden Bridge factory work and see something of the world.
Read report 19 January 2017
A local view of Carols and Christmas
Diana Monahan gave a talk to the History Society on carols, tracing them back to medieval times, when they were frequently accompanied by joyful circle dances.
Read report Wednesday, 21 December 2016
Women, down tools! The women machinists' strike in Hebden Bridge
Andrew Bibby told the recent History Society meeting how, exactly a hundred years ago, in November 1916, at the height of World War One, women garment makers of Hebden Bridge came out on strike.
Read report 30 November 2016
Traditional Farmhouses and Buildings in the Lancashire and Yorkshire Pennines
The traditional buildings of his local area have fascinated Kevin Illingworth for many years and the large audience which gathered at a recent meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society obviously shared his enthusiasm.
Read report 16 November 2016
AGM & Members Research Reports
Gracie Fields, transpennine crossings and industrial use of woodlands were topics covered at the recent meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society
Read report 2 November 2016
Buried Alive? Past Funeral Customs in Calderdale
David Glover, local historian and writer, indulged a fascination with the macabre with his talk to Hebden Bridge Local History Society with an eclectic mix of tales of deaths and burials.
Read report 12 October 2016
History Societies Unite in aid of Flood Relief Fund. Part of Calder Valley Heritage Day on Saturday 22nd October at Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge. Hebden Bridge, Cragg Vale and Mytholmroyd Historical Societies have come together to organise a joint venture, the proceeds of which are to go to the Flood Relief Fund. Read more
The Brontë family
Isobel Stirk told the Local History Society that two hundred years after the birth of Charlotte Brontë a fascination with the lives of all three sisters remains as strong as ever.
Read report 28 September 2016
Joseph 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 report 23 March 2016
Calderdale Conscientious Objectors in the First World War
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 report 9 March 2016
Calder Valley 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 report 24 Feb 2016
Paul Kenny, by profession a signal-man (including at Hebden Bridge) is also a keen photographer, and shared his slides and his stories with the Hebden Bridge Local History Society.
Read report 10 Feb 2016
Tales along the Packhorse Way
At this recent talk, John Billingsley, author of six books on local folklore, told the Local History Society of places passed along the Long Causeway, a 'bleak and comfortless road.'
Read report 18 Jan 2016
Vanishing for the Vote
Jill Liddington told the Local History Society of the moment in history when, in 1911, suffragettes urged women, still without the vote at that time, to boycott the census.
Read report 9 Dec 2015
The History of Calrec: part 2:
Local History Society report with Stephen Jagger who told how the company learnt from mistakes, takeovers and technological challenges to establish a leading brand of audio mixing desks. Read more 11 Nov 2015
The Lost Kingdom of Elmet
Local History Society meeting report with speakers Keith Stansfield and Barbara Atack. An insight into local dialects and surnames of the Calder Valley. Read report 14 Nov 2015
When Oxford University Came to Hebden Bridge
When the Nutclough Mill was a co-op, it hosted an annual series of lectures, given by Oxford University dons and others on history, politics, literature and science. Talk by Andrew Bibby
Read more 23 Sept 2015
Going to War
Mike Crawford's book, Going to War, tells of the first weeks of The Great War and the experiences of Calderdale people during that critical time: people at home and people in uniform.
Alan Petford: The untimely death of local historian Alan Petford, on 11th February 2015, is a devastating loss for the many local history groups and organisations he has worked alongside. Alan was a long-time friend of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society.
The group runs a popular programme of workshops and drop-in sessions at the Birchcliffe Centre
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.
For some years now a small group of friends has been exploring the evidence for prehistoric activity in the South Pennines.