Marks & Spencer’s closes in Keighley this weekend

This weekend, the Marks & Spencer store in Keighley closes its doors for the last time. The company has decided that the 21 April 2018 will be the last day of trading in this branch. The shop moved to its current location on Low Street in the 1930s and was built on the site of the old Fleece Inn. The shop survived the redevelopment of the town centre in the 1960s, the shortening of Low Street when Worth Way was built, and the development of the covered Airedale Shopping Centre in the 1980s. These photographs show the store at various points in its history and have all been taken from the History Society’s digital archive on Flickr.

Marks & Spencer store on Low Street, circa 1940. Photograph donated by Barbara Klempka.
Market Street, demolition. Photographed by Allan Smith, circa 1970.
Building a roof over the Airedale Shopping Centre. 1980s.
Airedale Shopping Centre, 1990s.
Low Street. Photographed by Christopher M. Kelly in 2001.
Marks & Spencer, Airedale Shopping Centre entrance, photographed by Tim Neal on 02 February 2018.
Marks & Spencer, Low Street entrance. Photographed by Tim Neal on 19 April 2018.

New history posters unveiled at railway station

Two new posters produced by the Keighley Station Partnership have been hung in the waiting rooms on platforms 1 and 2 at the railway station this week. The posters give details on the history of the railways at Keighley. The posters are aimed at both residents and visitors to the town.
Graham Mitchell and BID Officer Philip Walker unveil one of the new posters on Tuesday 10th April 2018.

The Keighley Station Partnership (KSP) was formed from an initiative by train operator Northern to involve local volunteers and businesses as a ‘Friends’ group to improve the station.  The partnership includes the Aire Valley Rail Users Group, Bronte Country Partnership, Dementia Friendly Keighley, Keighley BID, the Keighley Bus Company, Keighley Town Council, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and the Men of Worth Project.

The new history posters, created by KSP Team Leader Graham Mitchell, describe the arrival of the Leeds & Bradford Extension Railway in 1847 and its impact upon the town, with the creation of three separate station buildings, and after the 1884 arrival of the Great Northern Railway, the development of enormous railway yards in Cavendish Street and East Parade for the handling of the wide variety of engineering and textile products of Victorian Keighley. Keighley BID paid for the design work and printing of the posters. The text on the posters is taken from the presentation which Graham made to the History Society last year.
Poster 1
Poster 2
A further series of posters giving information on town centre retailing and the local bus network have already been provided by Keighley BID and the Keighley Bus Company in new cases on the exit ramps leading up from the platforms. These are intended to target visitors arriving in Keighley.

Royal Visit – 100 years ago!

On Wednesday 29th May 1918, King George V and Queen Mary visited the Burlington Shed site of Prince Smith and Son in Keighley. A booklet produced at the time that commemorated the visit has recently been scanned and added to the History Society’s Flickr page. Click the image below to see more.

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East Riddlesden Hall

A reminder that the History Society’s guest speaker talk in April is about East Riddlesden Hall. The talk will be held upstairs at Keighley Library on Wednesday 11th April. Doors open at 7pm (use the side door on Albert Street) and the talk starts at 7.30pm. There is an admission charge of £3 (£1 for History Society members), which includes a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.

East Riddlesden Hall, circa 1910. From the History Society’s physical archive. Donated by Dorothy and Brian Burrows.