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.

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.

Keighley in 1991

An album of photographs of Keighley taken almost 30 years ago. The History Society is interested in sets of photographs relating to the town that are of any vintage, so please get in touch if you have photographs you would be willing to share.

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Parish Church Magazine from 1948

This is a magazine published seventy years ago, in 1948. It is the Keighley Parish Church magazine and is celebrating 100 years of that particular building, with recollections of the history of the parish and various adverts from local businesses at the time. Click to see the full album in our digital archive on Flickr.

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Tour de Yorkshire Day

The Tour de Yorkshire cycle race passes through Oxenhope, Haworth, Oakworth, Goose Eye, Sutton and other areas of Keighley today. We wish all the riders well and hope for no accidents like the one on this postcard sent from Silsden to Oakworth in 1904.

1904 postcard from the physical collection

St John’s Ambulance Parade, 80 years ago

This photograph of the Silsden Ambulance Parade was published in the Craven Herald and Pioneer on the 29th of April 1938 – exactly 80 years ago! It shows members of the Silsden, Keighley, Skipton, Bingley, and Cullingworth and Wilsden Ambulance and Nursing Divisions of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade, who attended a church parade at Silsden. The newspaper cutting is part of the Keighley and District Local History Society digital archive on Flickr and was donated by Jackie McGinnis.

Craven & Pioneer newspaper clipping, donated by Jackie McGinnis

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.