Category Archives: History

Keighley Handbook, 1960

Just added to our Flickr archive are these scans of the pages of a Keighley Handbook from 1960. It features a history of the town and dozens of adverts from local businesses of the time. The handbook was loaned to the History Society for scanning by Joyce Newton. Click below to take a look.

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Longlands Hall, 2020

Last weekend, Haworth Youth Hostel in Cross Roads with Lees threw open its door for local residents to have a look around. The Hostel occupies Longlands Hall, built for mill-owning family the Merralls in the early 1880s. Many of the original features of the house survive to this day. This is an album of images from that rather damp Sunday taken by History Society committee member Tim Neal. #

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10,000+ Images

We now have over 10,000 images available to view on our Flickr website. This album is the most recent addition, featuring adverts from a 1915 edition of the Wool Year Book. The book belonged to Willie Pickles of Malsis Road who used to work at Robert Clough’s. It was donated to the History Society by his daughter Janet Bastow in January this year.

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Ian Dewhirst Christmas Talk

An audio-only recording of a Christmas talk given by the late Ian Dewhirst in 2005 is now available to listen to on our Facebook page. Click below to hear the talk, accompanied by images from the History Society digital archive.

Ian Dewhirst Christmas Talk, 2005

An audio-only recording of local historian Ian Dewhirst giving a talk on Christmases past in Keighley. Recorded in 2005. Accompanied by images from the History Society digital archive.

Posted by Keighley and District Local History Society on Friday, 13 December 2019
Ian Dewhirst Christmas Talk

From Stables to Beer Garden

The building on North Street in Keighley is undergoing a transformation at the minute as it becomes a beer garden for the Wetherspoon’s pub next door. It was erected as the Town Hall Livery Stables in the early 1890s, before becoming the Regent Picture House in 1920. It then became the Star Bingo & Social Club from 1964 to 1976. The premises reopened during 1980 as the Orbit DIY store then after further closure it returned as Champers Night Club upstairs and Charolais Steak House on the ground floor. The building’s final incarnation was as Last Orders which closed in 2015. In August 2019 the entire building was demolished except for the front wall overlooking North Street. With thanks to Eddie Kelly, David Seeley and Tim Neal.

North Street, Keighley, 14th July 2019. Photograph by David Seeley.
The hollowed-out Livery Stables building photographed from Scott Street. Photographed by Tim Neal on 24th August 2019.
Advert for Joseph Smith’s Town Hall Livery Stables from the 1902 Keighley Yearbook.
Announcement in the Keighley News of the 24th July 1920 of the Grand Opening Programme for the Regent Picture House on North Street. Courtesy of Eddie Kelly.
Advert for the gala opening of the Star Bingo and Social Club’s Regent Bingo on Thursday 10th December 1964. The advert appeared in the Keighley News on 5th December 1964. Courtesy of Eddie Kelly.
Advert for the Orbit Home Decorating Centre opening on 26th September 1980. The advert appeared in the Keighley News on 26th September 1980. Courtesy of Eddie Kelly.
Advert for the Charolais Steak House on North Street, Keighley. The advert appeared in the Keighley News on 18th November 1983. Courtesy of Eddie Kelly.
Advert for the opening of Champers night club on North Street on Wednesday 9th November. The advert appeared in the Keighley News on 4th November 1983. Courtesy of Eddie Kelly.

St John’s Church Visit

The History Society has arranged a visit to St John’s Church in Ingrow next Wednesday (14th August). All are welcome.

There will be a talk about the history of the church, the opportunity to explore the graveyard, and a guided look around some behind-the-scenes parts of the church. There will also be the chance to look through some of the archive albums of photographs of the church and its role in the community.

Entry costs £3 (or £1 if you are a History Society member). There will be tea and coffee served. Please note the main presentation, access to the graveyard and seeing the albums are on the level (there are a couple of steps to get into the church), but steps and stairs are involved in most of the tour so please wear sensible shoes.

Doors open at 7pm. No advance booking is required.

St John’s Church, Ingrow. Photograph taken in 2019 by History Society member Tim Neal.

July Guest Speaker

Next Wednesday’s (10th July) guest speaker talk is Cross Roads Parish Councillor Peter Clarke talking to us about the history and traditions of the University of Bradford from being a small technical college to becoming a prestigious institution with Harold Wilson as chancellor. His talk is entitled “McKinlay’s People – History & Academic Traditions of the University of Bradford”. It follows other recent ‘broader’ talks such as those on Richard III and the Bradford sweet poisonings.

Guest speaker events happen upstairs at Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and talks start at 7.30pm, usually lasting around one hour. A lift is available for anyone with access concerns. Tea and coffee is served. Everyone is welcome and admission costs £3 (£1 for History Society members).

Photographs provided by Peter Clarke and (c) University Archives, Special Collections, University of Bradford.

Guest speaker Peter Clarke