Category Archives: News

11 Years of ‘New’ Library

Keighley Library officially re-opened on the 17th August 2007, following a £1.1 million refurbishment carried out between February and August that year. Keighley Library is a Grade 2 listed building and was the first public library in England to be funded by Andrew Carnegie. It includes beautiful murals on the walls painted by Alex F. Smith. The Local Studies Library on the first floor is an amazing resource to be cherished by the town.

Postcard of Keighley Library, circa 1904. Donated by Norma Galvin.
Photograph of Keighley Library taken by History Society member Tim Neal in 2018.

Bronte Museum Anniversary

Happy birthday to the Bronte Parsonage and Museum which first opened its doors on the 4th of August 1928. The house was built in the 1770s as a place of residence for the minister at the adjacent St Michael and All Angels church. It was occupied by the Bronte family from 1820 to 1861. The building was gifted to the Bronte Society by Sir James Roberts in 1928 and the Society moved its museum from the upstairs of what is now the tourist information centre at the top of Main Street in Haworth. This is how the event was recorded exactly one week later in the Keighley News. The cutting is from a scrapbook of clippings collected by journalist, photographer and editor George Crowther, many of which are available on the History Society’s Flickr account.

Keighley News clipping from 11 August 1928.

Music brought to life!

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!

 

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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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

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.

New history posters unveiled at railway station

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.
Graham Mitchell and BID Officer Philip Walker unveil one of the new posters on Tuesday 10th April 2018.

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.
Poster 1
Poster 2
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.

Royal Visit – 100 years ago!

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.

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