Category Archives: History

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.

Graham Mitchell Talk

A reminder that next week’s guest speaker talk is coming up. Graham Mitchell is returning with the real story of King Richard III, the last king of the House of York, who died at the Battle of Bosworth.

The History Society’s monthly guest speaker talks are held upstairs in Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and the talks start at 7.30pm (usually lasting around one hour). Tea and coffee is available. Admission costs £3 (£1 for History Society members). If you are interested in becoming a member and supporting our work you can join for £10 a year at any guest speaker meeting.

King Richard III, by Unknown artist © National Portrait Gallery, London

1929 Factory Fire

This is a newspaper clipping from the 8th of February 1929. It shows a terrible fire at the Trinity Works of firm Smith Peace (Keighley) Ltd., who manufactured cast-iron saw benches, hand mortisers, spindle moulders, and planing and band saw machines. The company survived the fire as it was still advertising in the Ironmonger Diary and Hardware Buyers Guide of 1938. The clipping is from a scrapbook kept by George Crowther of photographs he took and articles he wrote for various publications, including the Keighley News.

The Final Chapter of a Keighley Bookshop

Reids Bookshop in Keighley closed its doors for good eight years ago in January 2011. The bookshop’s final location was on the ground floor of Airedale multi-storey car park at 87 Cavendish Street. The final owner was Gerald Brooksbank. He first joined the business as a partner in 1973. Keighley historian Ian Dewhirst dates Reids back to 1899 when a Wilsden man called Luther Smith began a book and stationery business at 10 Cavendish Street. He said that the bookshop’s name dated from 1927 when it was bought by J. W. Reid & Co. The bookshop moved to its final location in 1995. The photograph was taken by the History Society’s original secretary, Barbara Klempka in May 2006 and the advert is from a 1948 edition of St Andrew’s Review, the magazine produced by Keighley Parish Church.