Prolific local author Halliwell Sutcliffe died ninety years ago today on 14th January 1932. He wrote over 40 books between the 1890s and 1930s. Many of his novels are historical romantic dramas set in the Yorkshire Dales (including a series set in Haworth, renamed as the fictional Marshcotes). He was born in Thackley in April 1870. At the time the family was living at Cross Roads, but then moved to Bingley. He was educated at Bingley Grammar School (where his father was headmaster) then at King’s College, Cambridge, where he read mathematics. He married Mabel Cottrell of Twickenham in 1904, they had two sons, and lived in Embsay then Linton-in-Craven. It was here that Sutcliffe died in January 1932, aged 61. He was passionate about the outdoors, becoming the first president of the West Riding Ramblers’ Federation, and his ashes were scattered on his beloved moors.
The covers are from books owned by History Society member Tim Neal and the portrait is by Ernest Moore (1865–1940), (c) Grassington Folk Museum.