Bringing History Alive

Photos from the Hebden Bridge Local History Society

Around the UK in classic railway posters

Memories of Foster MillMembers of Hebden Bridge Local History Society gathered around computer screens for the final Zoom of the season. Jane Ellis, who is actively involved with the Industrial History Section of Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society, has been running the Yorkshire branch of the Railway Ramblers’ Club for over 25 years. She explained that the “golden age” of the railway poster was probably between the wars, but their history is almost as old as the railways. Read report   (27 March 2021)

Lloyd George, Spanish Flu, and the 1918 General Election in the Calder Valley

Pace EggIn 1918, during the final months of the war, Lloyd George was already planning to fight a General Election as ‘the man who won the war.’ As Alan Fowler, former lecturer in economic and social history at Manchester Metropolitan University, explained to a Zoom meeting of Hebden Bridge Local History Society, things did not turn out quite as he planned. Read more (19 March 2020)

John F Bateman: Britain's foremost reservoir engineer & local lad

Memories of Foster MillIn a fascinating Zoom talk to Hebden Bridge Local History Society, Michael O'Grady, senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Huddersfield, explored the construction of local reservoirs, and the stellar career of John F Bateman, the engineer behind the planning, design and making of Hebden Bridge's earth embankment reservoirs. Read report   (27 Feb 2020)

Who built Hebden Bridge?

Glee UnionsWe so often take our own neighbourhood for-granted, but Michael Peel's talk to Hebden Bridge Local History Society brought to life the history of the buildings that make up Hebden Bridge's 'Victorian Quarter' and form an important part of the character of the town. The talk focused on the area known as 'the Croft' between Commercial Street, New Road and Bridge Gate

Read report   Wednesday, 17 February 2021

The history of social housing in Heptonstall

HeptonstallJust over a hundred years after the call from David Lloyd George to build ‘Homes fit for Heroes,’ cultural historian Mary Ellen celebrated the history of the Heptonstall Council Estate. Her Zoomed talk to Hebden Bridge Local History Society was testament to the optimism and ambition to demolish  slums and house working people in decent and roomy accommodation, especially those returning from war. Read report (1 Feb 2021)

Journeys between the worlds

Pace EggThe paths that we use to explore our landscape carry the marks of those who used them over the centuries, but some were of special significance, to the living and the dead. John Billingsley, local historian and folklorist, told a capacity Zoom webinar for Hebden Bridge Local History Society about the tracks along which the bodies and souls of the dead were taken to their final resting place. Read more

Alan Petford book

The Medieval Park of Erringden by Nigel Smith. Erringden Park was a feature of the Upper Calder Valley landscape that was created in the fourteenth century, certain aspects of which still survive today.

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Spring 2021

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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

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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.