All posts by Admin Tim

Tim is a committee member of the Keighley and District Local History Society, with responsibilities for archiving the physical and digital collections, and managing some of the social media channels. He moved to Keighley about ten years ago and joined the Society to learn more about the area.

Remembrance Day and Keighley War Memorial

In the run-up to Remembrance Sunday next weekend, we have published a series of photographs of the War Memorial in Town Hall Square from the last 90 years. 100 years ago the First World War ended, and a new world began. The example and experience of those who lived through it shaped the world we live in today. The History Society would like to add its voice in saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world. There will be a Remembrance Service in Keighley on Sunday 11th November, including a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph at 11 a.m. followed by two minutes silence. (All the images in this gallery are taken from our archives and are published on our Flickr pages here.)

Postcard donated by the Atkinson family, showing the dedication ceremony.

Postcard donated by the Atkinson family, showing the dedication ceremony.
Cutting from the Keighley News, 1928.
Keighley Corporation postcard from around 1970.
Photograph by Chris Kelly, 2000.
Photograph by History Society member Tim Neal, July 2018.

Samuel Gott and his prize-winning model

Corporal Samuel A. Gott was killed in action in 1917 during the First World War, at the age of just 24. He was born in Cross Roads, near Keighley, and was an accomplished craftsman and joiner. His model of a Mansard roof truss won him first prize from the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in 1914. His model is preserved in the Science Museum Group collection. Records relating to Samuel and photographs of his model have been loaded on the History Society’s Flickr page. Our thanks to Andy Wade and the Men of Worth Project for instigating and researching this project.

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Keighley Bus Museum Open Day

Keighley Bus Museum Trust is having a “twilight running day” this Sunday (28 October) between 12 noon and 7pm. Some of the museum’s vintage buses will be running between the museum at Riverside (off Dalton Lane), and Keighley Railway Station, Keighley Bus Station and Keighley Town Centre. The museum will be open, where there will be transport related stalls, refreshments and toilet facilities available. As darkness draws in, visitors can relive the memories of night travels on heritage buses. More information is available on the KBMT website (http://www.kbmt.org.uk/special-events/twilight-running-day/)

Keighley Bus Museum, photograph by History Society member Tim Neal, taken in August 2016.

Then and Now

Bridgehouse Mill in Haworth. The black and white image (provided courtesy of Airedale Springs Ltd.) is from around 1970, when the building was occupied by Airedale Springs Ltd., Yorkshire Biscuits Ltd. and Wyedean Weavers Ltd. Part of the mill was demolished and rebuilt (with added tower) in 2017/18 as part of a major redevelopment of the area behind. The mill is still occupied by Wyedean in 2018.

Bridge House Mill, Haworth, circa 1970. Image courtesy of Airedale Springs Ltd.
Bridgehouse Mill, Haworth, 2018. Photograph by History Society member Tim Neal.

On This Day…

The first meeting of the Keighley Co-operative Society was held on this day (9th October) in 1860 at the Turkish Bath Rooms. The meeting was chaired by John Farrar Pickles who was a tea dealer on Low Bridge. Illustration from ‘Half a Century of Co-operation in Keighley – 1860-1910’ by Jos. Rhodes (Fellow of the Institute of Journalists and of the British Esperanto Association), published in 1911.

Down Your Way Magazine

The History Society gets a mention in the latest edition of ‘Down Your Way’ magazine (available in all good newsagents and supermarkets!). There is an article on one of our recently received collection items – a recruitment leaflet for Hattersley Sons & Co. Ltd. The magazine is also worth tracking down because it features an article by Keighley historian Ian Dewhirst on aircraft visiting Keighley! The magazine also has its own website (downyourway.co.uk).

KDLHS article in Down Your Way magazine, October 2018

Anglo-Saxons in Yorkshire Talk

Just a reminder that the History Society’s monthly guest speaker talk for October is happening this coming Wednesday (10th October). Following his talks on the Romans and the Vikings in Yorkshire, Mark Steel moves on to talk about the Anglo-Saxons in Yorkshire. The talk happens upstairs in Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm and lasts for approximately one hour. An access lift is available. Coffee and tea are served. Admission is £3 (£1 for History Society members) and all are welcome.

Keighley Library, 2018. Photograph by History Society member Tim Neal.

November’s meeting is the AGM for History Society members only, then December is the return of Kathryn Hughes to talk about rationing in World War One.