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!
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.
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.
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.
Two new posters produced by the Keighley Station Partnership have been hung in the waiting rooms on platforms 1 and 2 at the railway station this week. The posters give details on the history of the railways at Keighley. The posters are aimed at both residents and visitors to the town.
The Keighley Station Partnership (KSP) was formed from an initiative by train operator Northern to involve local volunteers and businesses as a ‘Friends’ group to improve the station. The partnership includes the Aire Valley Rail Users Group, Bronte Country Partnership, Dementia Friendly Keighley, Keighley BID, the Keighley Bus Company, Keighley Town Council, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and the Men of Worth Project.
The new history posters, created by KSP Team Leader Graham Mitchell, describe the arrival of the Leeds & Bradford Extension Railway in 1847 and its impact upon the town, with the creation of three separate station buildings, and after the 1884 arrival of the Great Northern Railway, the development of enormous railway yards in Cavendish Street and East Parade for the handling of the wide variety of engineering and textile products of Victorian Keighley. Keighley BID paid for the design work and printing of the posters. The text on the posters is taken from the presentation which Graham made to the History Society last year.
A further series of posters giving information on town centre retailing and the local bus network have already been provided by Keighley BID and the Keighley Bus Company in new cases on the exit ramps leading up from the platforms. These are intended to target visitors arriving in Keighley.
On Wednesday 29th May 1918, King George V and Queen Mary visited the Burlington Shed site of Prince Smith and Son in Keighley. A booklet produced at the time that commemorated the visit has recently been scanned and added to the History Society’s Flickr page. Click the image below to see more.
A street plan of Keighley from around 1963 has been added to the History Society’s digital archive on Flickr. As well as the map, it is interesting to read the account of the town from that time and to see the adverts for the various businesses. Click below to see more.
An album has just been added to the History Society’s digital archive on Flickr. It is a brochure from the late 1920s encouraging people to buy a house on the Sunny Hill Garden City Estate (Sunny Hill Grove off Oakworth Road). Click below to see more.