Category Archives: History

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

Liberal Bazaar 1928

A recent addition to the History Society’s archive – a booklet for a Liberal Association Bazaar held in Keighley in 1928. All the pages have been scanned and uploaded to our Flickr account. As well as some political history of the town written by J. J. Brigg and photographs of various dignitaries of the time, there are dozens of adverts for local businesses.

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Sunny Hill Estate

Sunny Hill Estate in Exley Head was built by J. W. Midgley in the mid-to-late 1920s, with houses for sale from £440 to £550 (or a £40 deposit and then 12 shillings and 9 pence per week). All images are from the History Society’s digital archive on Flickr.

Front page of an advertising brochure for new housing at “Sunny Hill Garden City” (Sunny Hill Grove and Oakworth Road), Exley Head, Keighley. The houses were built by J. W. Midgley in the late 1920s. Part of the Keighley and District Local History Society digital archive.
Advert for the Sunny Hill Estate at Exley Head, built by J. W. Midgley. Pages from a guidebook to a Keighley Division Liberal Association Bazaar, held in the Municipal Hall on the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th October 1928. The original booklet is held in the Keighley and District Local History Society physical archive.
Back page of an advertising brochure for new housing at “Sunny Hill Garden City” (Sunny Hill Grove and Oakworth Road), Exley Head, Keighley. Shows a map of the Sunny Hill Garden City Estate. Part of the Keighley and District Local History Society digital archive.

Quebec Bridge

This postcard of the long-since demolished Quebec Bridge in Keighley was posted on the 25th April 1904. It was one of the Wrench Series of postcards published in the early 1900s. It is a painting of the bridge but it is clear how an original photograph has been used as its basis. The postcard is held in the History Society’s archive while the photograph is courtesy of Bradford Libraries, Archives and Information Service and was part of the K100 Picture Collection.

Quebec Bridge, postcard and photograph from the KDLHS digital archive.

Postcards from 110 years ago

A small selection of postcards of Keighley from over 100 years ago. The cards were printed by Schofield & Co. Publishers of Burnley. They show The Cross (when it was safe to walk down the middle of the road!), the Town Hall Square (pre the War Memorial), Cavendish Street (with tram lines and overhead power cables) and Lund Park (with a lake!).

Walter Scott and the Brontes

A small set of postcards from the History Society’s archives that show the exterior and interior of the Bronte Parsonage around fifty years ago. The postcards were published by Walter Scott of Bradford in the 1960s.

Walter Scott (1878-1947) was a photographer who began publishing postcards in Bradford in the 1900s. After he died the company continued. By the 1960s the firm started producing colour postcards in an unusual 5½ ” x 4″ (139mm x 100mm) size. These Colour Series Natural Colour Postcards carried a large Walter Scott signature on the back with a small “WS” crest on the front.

Bronte Parsonage, Walter Scott Postcard, 1960s. From the KDLHS digital archive.
Interior Bronte Parsonage, Walter Scott Postcard, 1960s. From the KDLHS digital archive.
Interior Bronte Parsonage, Walter Scott Postcard, 1960s. From the KDLHS digital archive.
Interior Bronte Parsonage, Walter Scott Postcard, 1960s. From the KDLHS digital archive.
Apostles cabinet, Bronte Parsonage, Walter Scott Postcard, 1960s. From the KDLHS digital archive.