Corporal Samuel A. Gott was killed in action in 1917 during the First World War, at the age of just 24. He was born in Cross Roads, near Keighley, and was an accomplished craftsman and joiner. His model of a Mansard roof truss won him first prize from the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in 1914. His model is preserved in the Science Museum Group collection. Records relating to Samuel and photographs of his model have been loaded on the History Society’s Flickr page. Our thanks to Andy Wade and the Men of Worth Project for instigating and researching this project.
A new album of Keighley Rugby Club programmes from the 1950s to the 1970s has just been added to the History Society’s Flickr archive. They include club reports from the period and dozens of adverts from various businesses at that time.
Keighley Bus Museum Trust is having a “twilight running day” this Sunday (28 October) between 12 noon and 7pm. Some of the museum’s vintage buses will be running between the museum at Riverside (off Dalton Lane), and Keighley Railway Station, Keighley Bus Station and Keighley Town Centre. The museum will be open, where there will be transport related stalls, refreshments and toilet facilities available. As darkness draws in, visitors can relive the memories of night travels on heritage buses. More information is available on the KBMT website (http://www.kbmt.org.uk/special-events/twilight-running-day/)
The first meeting of the Keighley Co-operative Society was held on this day (9th October) in 1860 at the Turkish Bath Rooms. The meeting was chaired by John Farrar Pickles who was a tea dealer on Low Bridge. Illustration from ‘Half a Century of Co-operation in Keighley – 1860-1910’ by Jos. Rhodes (Fellow of the Institute of Journalists and of the British Esperanto Association), published in 1911.
The History Society gets a mention in the latest edition of ‘Down Your Way’ magazine (available in all good newsagents and supermarkets!). There is an article on one of our recently received collection items – a recruitment leaflet for Hattersley Sons & Co. Ltd. The magazine is also worth tracking down because it features an article by Keighley historian Ian Dewhirst on aircraft visiting Keighley! The magazine also has its own website (downyourway.co.uk).
Just a reminder that the History Society’s monthly guest speaker talk for October is happening this coming Wednesday (10th October). Following his talks on the Romans and the Vikings in Yorkshire, Mark Steel moves on to talk about the Anglo-Saxons in Yorkshire. The talk happens upstairs in Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm and lasts for approximately one hour. An access lift is available. Coffee and tea are served. Admission is £3 (£1 for History Society members) and all are welcome.
November’s meeting is the AGM for History Society members only, then December is the return of Kathryn Hughes to talk about rationing in World War One.
As part of the Heritage Open Days weekends, Keighley Shared Parish Church will be open on Friday & Saturday (14th/15th September) for people to come and look around this Grade 2 listed building. Some of the church’s wedding and baptism registers will also be available to view.
Check the Heritage Open Days website for details of more events.
These are some of the artefacts from the archive that we will be bringing along to our stall at Keighley Show this Saturday (1st September). Gates open at 9am and the Show runs until 5pm. Car parking is free and Keighley Bus Museum will be running free vintage bus rides to the grounds. Look out for the History Society’s big orange marquee, alongside the Men of Worth Project. To find out more about Keighley show click HERE.
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.