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!
Two glorious dustjackets from the 1930s for novels by Halliwell Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe was a prolific author who wrote over 40 books between the 1890s and 1930s. Many of his novels are historical romantic dramas set in Yorkshire (including a series set in Haworth, renamed as the fictional Marshcotes). He was born in Thackley in April 1870. At the time the family was living at Cross Roads, but then moved to Bingley. He married in 1904, and had two sons, and the family lived in Embsay then Linton-in-Craven. He died in January 1932, aged 61. The covers are part of the History Society’s digital archive.
The Rustless Iron Company was founded in Keighley in the 1890s and was based at Lawkholme Lane for 112 years. They operated under the brand name TRICO and continue to trade today as Trico Vitreous Enamellers, albeit from Bingley. Here are three adverts for the company from across the decades.
A reminder that next Wednesday’s (11th July) guest speaker talk will be given by History Society chairperson Joyce Newton, talking about the Church Green area of Keighley and its pivotal role as the social and commercial heart of the town.
The monthly talks are held on the second Wednesday of each month. They are held upstairs at Keighley Library. Doors open at 7pm and the talk starts at 7.30pm (usually lasting until around 8.30~8.45). Anyone can attend and there is an entrance fee of £3 (£1 if you are a History Society member). Tea and coffee is served before the talk starts.
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.
This is a magazine published seventy years ago, in 1948. It is the Keighley Parish Church magazine and is celebrating 100 years of that particular building, with recollections of the history of the parish and various adverts from local businesses at the time. Click to see the full album in our digital archive on Flickr.
Just a reminder that this Wednesday (9th May) sees David Scrimgeour visit us and give his talk on how Victorian photography evolved through the taking of portraits of asylum inmates. More details by clicking on the event listing to the right.
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.