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.

11 Years of ‘New’ Library

Keighley Library officially re-opened on the 17th August 2007, following a £1.1 million refurbishment carried out between February and August that year. Keighley Library is a Grade 2 listed building and was the first public library in England to be funded by Andrew Carnegie. It includes beautiful murals on the walls painted by Alex F. Smith. The Local Studies Library on the first floor is an amazing resource to be cherished by the town.

Postcard of Keighley Library, circa 1904. Donated by Norma Galvin.
Photograph of Keighley Library taken by History Society member Tim Neal in 2018.

Bronte Museum Anniversary

Happy birthday to the Bronte Parsonage and Museum which first opened its doors on the 4th of August 1928. The house was built in the 1770s as a place of residence for the minister at the adjacent St Michael and All Angels church. It was occupied by the Bronte family from 1820 to 1861. The building was gifted to the Bronte Society by Sir James Roberts in 1928 and the Society moved its museum from the upstairs of what is now the tourist information centre at the top of Main Street in Haworth. This is how the event was recorded exactly one week later in the Keighley News. The cutting is from a scrapbook of clippings collected by journalist, photographer and editor George Crowther, many of which are available on the History Society’s Flickr account.

Keighley News clipping from 11 August 1928.

Emily Bronte – Bicentennial Birthday

The 30th of July this year marks 200 years since the birth of Emily Bronte. To mark the occasion, various special events are happening this weekend at the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth. This First Day Cover from July 1980 was issued from Haworth Post Office and includes stamps for Emily and her sister Charlotte. All four stamps were designed by artist Barbara Brown. The object is held in the History Society’s physical archive and has been scanned for our digital archive on Flickr.

First Day Cover from July 1980, featuring stamps for Emily and Charlotte Bronte. Part of the Keighley and District Local History Society archive.

Happy Birthday Lund Park!

Lund Park was officially opened on 21st July 1891. The land for the park was given to Keighley Corporation in 1888 by landowner James Lund of Malsis Hall. The park was laid out and planted by Keighley Corporation and was opened to the public by Mrs Lund three years later. The park originally included a bandstand, and a fountain sited in a small lake. The park was extensively refurbished in the late 20th century, including the provision of new play equipment, the resurfacing of all paths, and a new skateboard facility.

Postcard of Lund Park, circa 1900. From the personal collection of Tim Neal.

Music brought to life!

One of the albums in our Flickr digital archive is a copy of the musical score for the “Cliffe Castle Gavotte” (a dance piece), composed for piano by German composer Franz Behr. It was commissioned by and dedicated to Henry Isaac Butterfield (the owner of Cliffe Castle at the time). It is presumed to have been written between 1885 and 1886. Keighley local history enthusiast Loraine Petyt asked local musician David Boddy to record the piece and she has made the recording available on her Vale’n’Dale website – have a listen here!

 

Sutcliffe Dustjackets from the 1930s

Two glorious dustjackets from the 1930s for novels by Halliwell Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe was a prolific author who wrote over 40 books between the 1890s and 1930s. Many of his novels are historical romantic dramas set in Yorkshire (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 married in 1904, and had two sons, and the family lived in Embsay then Linton-in-Craven. He died in January 1932, aged 61. The covers are part of the History Society’s digital archive.

Dustjacket cover for Ricroft of Withens by Halliwell Sutcliffe (Wright & Brown, 1934)
Dustjacket cover for A Bachelor in Arcady by Halliwell Sutcliffe (Wright & Brown, 1930s)

TRICO Adverts

The Rustless Iron Company was founded in Keighley in the 1890s and was based at Lawkholme Lane for 112 years. They operated under the brand name TRICO and continue to trade today as Trico Vitreous Enamellers, albeit from Bingley. Here are three adverts for the company from across the decades.

TRICO advert from 1905. Part of the KDLHS digital archive.
TRICO advert from 1938. Part of the KDLHS digital archive.
TRICO advert from 1963. Part of the KDLHS digital archive.

July Guest Speaker Talk

A reminder that next Wednesday’s (11th July) guest speaker talk will be given by History Society chairperson Joyce Newton, talking about the Church Green area of Keighley and its pivotal role as the social and commercial heart of the town.

The monthly talks are held on the second Wednesday of each month. They are held upstairs at Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm (usually lasting until around 8.30~8.45). Anyone can attend and there is an entrance fee of £3 (£1 if you are a History Society member). Tea and coffee is served before the talk starts.

Postcard of Church Green, circa 1900. Part of the digital archive.