BRADFORD – Thornton – Wike –

Rail Centres: Leeds/Bradford by Stephen Batty

The Usual Ian Allen Quality 160 pages well illustrated well written and well indexed. Quality paper and quality reproduction of photographs. A fine hard back and a fine (clipped) dj Through the post to any UK destination £9.00

£9.00

A Century of Public Transport in Bradford 1882-1982 by DJ Croft

24 page Occasional Local Publication No. 4 Bradford MC 8X6 illustrated Posted to any UK Address

£5.00

Thornton in Times Past by Alan Whitworth

Thornton in Times Past by Alan Whitworth

48 pages mainly illustrations with explanatory text published 1987. The quality of the reproduction of the photographs is much better than illustrations in other books in the same series. A couple of places a previous owner has underlined text. The price includes UK P&P

£6.50

WIKE “Where they’re all alike” Memories of Wyke Village

WIKE – “Where they’re all alike”

60 pages well illustrated undated Price below includes UK P&P

£12.50

Written by Geoff J Mellor in 1983 , printed in Huddersfield, this is 64 soft covered publication that attempts to list, in most cases with photos the sixty or so cinemas the city (including Shipley) has possessed. Not all at the same time.

A good solid reference work.

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The Cinemas of Bradford

The price below includes UK P&P

£6.50

The Chartist Rising in Bradford

The Chartist Risings in Bradford

D.G. Wright. Bradford Libraries and Information Service, 1987. £3.00

Since the publication of AJ Peacock’s Bradford Chartism 1838-40, in 1969, there has been a great need of a continuation of the story, particularly to include the events in the tumultuous year of 1848, when Bradford played a crucial part in ‘the greatest mass movement of working class political and social protest in British history’. This opinion was emphasised but never elaborated upon some twenty years ago by FC Mather in his Historical Association pamphlet on Chartism, in which he stated that ‘the Bradford District of the West Riding was perhaps the most outstanding centre of physical force Chartism in England in the spring of 1848’. Until now it has only been possible to follow the story in newspapers of the period or in doctoral theses and so the appearance of David Wright’s booklet is to be greatly welcomed.

Few historians are better qualified to write upon this subject than Dr Wright, who for over twenty years has made a special study of the social and political history of nineteenth century Bradford, and the booklet does not disappoint. In particular he treads a judicious path between the importance of local details and the wider implications of regional and national events. Most important of all he gives full consideration to the effect Anglo-Irish relationships had upon Bradford’s volatile population during a period of great industrial unrest.

Almost thirty years ago Asa Briggs in Chartist Studies urged historians to recognise that the all-embracing concept of the six points of the Charter motivated different social groups in different times and places with differing degrees of intensity. Dr Wright has produced a model essay on the Briggs pattern in which he analyses Chartism in Bradford, from its roots in the Great Strike of 1825 to the Anti-Poor Law agitation in the late 1830s and on to the first rising in January 1840. But it is in the later events that the author breaks new ground, looking in detail at the Plug-drawing riots of 1842 and the more menacing threats to law and order in 1848. Of particular interest is the changing composition of both the Chartist leadership and its supporters during the whole period. At first the movement was dominated by men with English names, often hand-weavers from the outer townships, especially Horton, but after 1840 it took on an Irish tinge, being increasingly dominated by the bete-noir of the Bradford middle classes, the hard drinking, wife-beating George White, and his fellow-Irishman, John Smyth.

In retrospect Chartism seems to have been a dismal failure, but that point of view fails to do justice to important and enduring aspects of the movement that were without violent intent, notably the Temperance Chartists and those bodies concerned with Adult Education, Co-operation and Social Christianity. It also forgets the powerful radical political heritage which Chartism bestowed on the West Riding, for the radical tradition was nourished by memories of the stirring events of the 1840s. It is no coincidence that towards the end of the century the West Riding became the most important centre of Independent Labour Party activity, with Bradford always to the fore.

J.A.J.

The Chartist Risings in Bradford – D G Wright

74 page booklet Pub 1987′ The price below includes postage in UK

£7.50

Roger of Manningham or The Wild Boar of Undercliffe

1900 (or there about, not the 2020 reprint) Princess Theatre, Bradford, Book of Words 32 page programme with adverts. Complete but tape on the spine. Price is for the item posted to UK address.

£5.00

Textile Voices = Mill Life This Century – Olive Howarth – Bradford Heritage Unit

84 pages well illustrated To any UK abode £7.50

£7.50

Bradford by Joseph Fieldhouse

2nd revision paperback published in 1981 (first published in 1972) 216 pages with illustrations and index. A fine paperback copy. Delivered to your UK address

£5.00

JOHN BERRY – Heckmondwike’s Own HANGMAN

John Berry was born in Blanket Hall Street (the way down to Morrisons) in 1852. Though the bulk of the book is about his career as the Nations Public Executioner or “Hangman”, the bits that I found most interesting was about growing up in Heckmondwike, his early career choices and his life after retirement when he campaigned against Capital Punishment.

The book plots his career and the innovations he made to his “trade” detailing some of his more famous executions. I know the subject is gruesome, but if you are a serious scholar of Spen Valley History a copy is essential for your collection.

Just as an aside, what is it that attracts Yorkshiremen to this profession, not counting the failed drunk from Dewsbury?

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Executioner The Chronicles of James Berry – Victorian Hangmen by Stuart P Evans

Published by Sutton Publishing in 2004, 356 pages indexed and illustrated I can despatch (no pun intended) a hardback copy to a UK address for

£12.50

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Executioner The Chronicles of James Berry – Victorian Hangmen by Stuart P Evans – Paperback

The paperback is large scale (essentially the same book as the hard back but with card covers.

£9.00

HMSO and National Trust Guides and other publications

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Rievaulx Abbey Yorkshire – Official Guide

1938 with fold out plan. Posted to UK Address

£4.00

HMSO Beaumaris Castle

Through the post £4.00

£4.00

HMSO Dirleton Castle

Through the post to UK address

£4.00

Stock

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Phillips AlanBeaumaris CastleHMSO£2.50vg19611st
Richardson J SDirleton CastleHMSO£2.50vg+19737th
Maxwell HerbertHolyroodhouseHMSO£2.50vg1923
Peers CharlesRievaulx AbbeyHMSO£2.50vg+1938
Childe GordonSkara BraeHMSO£2.50vg+197711th
Richardson J SStirling CastleHMSO£2.50vg+19783rd

HMSO Skara Brae

Through the post to UK address

£4.00

HMSO Stirling Castle

Through the post to any UK location

£4.00

HMSO Holyroodhouse 1923

Through the post to UK address

£4.00

Housing Manual 1949 HMSO

150 pages packed with illustrations, plans of development, plans of every type of house and photographs of same, a snapshot of the aspirations of the Ministry of Health in 1949. Posted to any UK house

£12.50

Montacute House – The National Trust – Mark Girouard ?

32 pages illustrated photographs and plans, undated but a mention of 1961 additions. In fine condition. Don’t buy you guides from the National Trust, they don’t need your money, I do, and I’m cheaper. Posted to your UK home

£2.50

CALL BACK YESTERDAY – Mavis Roberts

Always on the look out for any “Local History Books” especially related to the Spen Valley, I came across this book on a general search for “Heckmondwike”, I had no knowledge of it’s existence prior to the search.

This book is a collection of memories of growing up in the Spen Valley (Cornmill Lane) in the 1930’s. I started reading it and read it in one sitting, not because it is short (158 pages) but because it is well written and fascinating.

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My interest was heightened by the fact that she lived only a few hundred yards from my shop and home, less than 100 yards from where my mother was born (in 1919). She also went to the same junior school (Millbridge) and secondary school (Heckmondwike Grammar). I could recognise all the places she was referring to. Even without the local connections the book is a great read, I don’t know why I had not come across it previously as it was published in 1996. It was published by a Welsh Publisher and printed in Derbyshire.

I was more than pleased to find her description of a visit to my shop (in it’s original form that is).

A visit to the Berry Hill Co-op Branch (now “Not in Heckmondwike Book Shop”) in the 1930’s, as described by Mavis Roberts in her book “ Call Back Yesterday”
Inside the store were huge keg-shaped blocks of butter, lard and cheese, all open to the air and enough to give present day hygienists a collective heart attack. From these, the assistants would cut the required amount and wrap it in grease proof paper. They did not go to the lengths of slapping the butter into shape, as did the manager of the Maypole Store.

There was a stack of faded-blue paper bags, into which sugar, loose tea and dried fruits were weighed out. There were also huge sides of bacon to be sliced to the customer’s preferred thickness, on the lethal, red bacon-slicer with its rotating blade. Biscuits were also sold loose from large, square tins with glass windows on the lids, so the contents were easily identified.

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Call Back Yesterday by Mavis Roberts

This book is a collection of memories of growing up in the Spen Valley (Cornmill Lane) in the 1930’s. I started reading it and read it in one sitting, not because it is short (158 pages) but because it is well written and fascinating. Delivered, or posted to any UK address

£10.00

HALIFAX – BRIGHOUSE – SHIBDEN HALL (home of “Gentleman Jack”) – HEPTONSTALL

SHIBDEN HALL – Halifax

A strange on one this, a 12X9 folder produces (undated) by Calderdale Museums Service. Entrance to the Hall was Adults 15P and Children 8P so after 1971 but I suspect not long after, the telephone number was 52246.

This consists of a folder with loose pages (A4) 32 pages in all printed on glossy paper, there is no index so I can’t tell if any pages are missing. The cover is a bit dusty but the inserts are as new, well illustrated.

The piece on Ann Lister fails to mention her sexuality.

Shibden Hall – Halifax – Folder

A strange on one this, a 12X9 folder produces (undated) by Calderdale Museums Service. Entrance to the Hall was Adults 15P and Children 8P so after 1971 but I suspect not long after, the telephone number was 52246. To any UK address

£10.00

Thoresby Society

Thoresby Society Miscellanea 1923 Vol XXVIII Part 1

A Dialect in Architecture – Some Buildings of the Seventeenth Century in the Parish of Halifax (64 pages well illustrated) Extracts from the Leeds Mercury 1742 – 1760 (31 pages) The book is in much better condition than you would expect for a 98 year old publication, no inscriptions no foxing or decolourization of the pages, covers and binding intact. Through the post to addresses within the UK

£20.00

Shibden Hall – Halifax by R A Innes

20 page booklet published by Halifax Museums 1954 second edition Price Through our national postage system to all locations within the United Kingdom £2.50

£4.00

Buildings of Brighouse – David Norcliffe

60 pages published by Brighouse Civic Trust 1978 85 buildings described many with illustrations. Through post or delivered in UK £3.50

£5.00

Wainhouse History Trail Compiled by Colin Spencer

22 page illustrated booklet undated, slight stains on cover In the post £2.50

£4.00

Heptonstall History Trail

Compiled for Calder Civic Trust by Philip Round. First published in 1972 this is the 1973 fourth (revised) edition. Back cover a bit on the scruffy side, otherwise vg. Through post to Heptonstall (or to any other less lofty, UK location)

£4.00

Local History – Local to somebody – INGS with HUGILL – LONDON

In true Einsteinian logic, all things are relative, thus allowing a book shop in the heart of the West Riding to classify a book about an obscure church in Egypt as Local History.

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INGS with HUGILL A Westmorland Village.

INGS with HUGILL A Westmorland Village. Published in 1993 in aid of the St. Anne’s Church Restoration Fund the title page does not credit any author but I have seen it credited to Elizabeth and Spencer Crookenden. A 74 page soft covered book well illustrated £5.00 Posted to any UK address

£10.00

LONDON – A sketch Book in Pen and Pencil

LONDON – A sketch Book in Pen and Pencil with descriptions of the Chief Places of interest to Visitors. I cant find a date on this 24 page booklet other than 1951 inscribed by a previous owner on the front page, that feels about right. Published by the RA Publishing Co. Ltd. London. Posted to London (or any other UK address.

£5.00

Monks and Shepherds in the Yorkshire Dales by Dr. Arthur Raistrick

Monks & Shepherds in the Yorkshire Dales (nearly local to me) by Arthur Raistrick. A 22 page booklet published by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Committee in1976 reprinted (as this is) in 1980 Posted to any address in Yorkshire (or to other less blessed parts of the UK)

£4.00

Short Note on the History of St. Sargius Church, The Oldest Church in Egypt where the Holy Family lived during the flight to Egypt. The title is nearly as long as the 8 pages of this booklet. £ 2.50

The COTSWOLD COUNTRY Brief Guide & Gazetteer – Third Enlarged Edition 40 pages 30 Pictures and 4 Maps – £2.50

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BATLEY

Times Past in Batley & Birstall

16 pages of local history through the post to any UK address

£2.50

Borough of Batley – Civic Week – 1948 – Official Handbook

34 page 9X6 booklet, no illustrations. Through the post

£4.00

The History of Batley 1800-1974 by Malcolm H. Haigh

The History of Batley 1800 -1974 by Malcolm H Haigh in 1978 reprinted twice but still hard to find. The fact the Malcolm was a journalist must have contributed to the fact that this is a fantastically readable book. I am a great fan of local history books but some are badly written, as not everybody however they love local history are good authors which is why I have not tried to write one myself. I have a copy without d.j. £25.00

The History of Batley 1800-1974 by Malcolm H. Haigh

Malcolm displays his journalistic skills in writing this incredibly readable book. This book is essential in any Batley collection. The price below includes UK P&P

£27.50

Published by Max Parrish in 1957. 188 pages with index. Theodore Cooke Taylor was more than a Woollen Manufacturer. A Liberal MP who fought the Chinese Opium Trade. He was a pioneer, and probably the most successful exponent of profit sharing in industry. Still at his desk at the age of 102.

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Taylor of Batley – The Story of 102 Years by George A Greenwood

Published by Max Parrish in 1957. 188 pages with index. Theodore Cooke Taylor was more than a Woollen Manufacturer. A Liberal MP who fought the Chinese Opium Trade. He was a pioneer, and probably the most successful exponent of profit sharing in industry. Still at his desk at the age of 102.

Taylor of Batley – The Story of 102 years – George A Greenwood

Published by Max Parrish in 1957. 188 pages with index. Theodore Cooke Taylor was more than a Woollen Manufacturer. A Liberal MP who fought the Chinese Opium Trade. He was a pioneer, and probably the most successful exponent of profit sharing in industry. Still at his desk at the age of 102. This is a fine book in a near fine dj (clipped). The price below includes UK P&P

£35.00

Taylor of Batley – The Story of 102 years – George A Greenwood

Published by Max Parrish in 1957. 188 pages with index. Theodore Cooke Taylor was more than a Woollen Manufacturer. A Liberal MP who fought the Chinese Opium Trade. He was a pioneer, and probably the most successful exponent of profit sharing in industry. Still at his desk at the age of 102. This is an ex-library book in Library binding with no dj – labels and stamps on endpapers and title pages but otherwise a fine copy. Through the post to UK address.

£10.00

Batley Official Guide

Batley Official Guide and Industrial Review

Early 60’s 52 pages well illustrated Posted to any UK address

£7.50

Early 60’s 52 page booklet, I still miss the Park Pavilion was sorry to see it go. £7.50

Batley Working Men’s Club & Institute 1872 – 1972 SOLD

Batley & District Hospital Bazaar Souvenir Handbook 1926

Pretty tatty copy, but where else would you find one. 104 pages with a bit of history and of a few people and buildings, the old, present and proposed hospitals. But to me the greatest interest is in the local advertisements (there are a number of national adverts). The best illustration to me though was the Batley Co-op. SOLD

History and Description of Oakwell Hall and Manor by J Sprittles

A 1946 booklet 52 pages illustrated. Price includes postage to all locations in the United Kingdom

£10.00

Oakwell Hall by Geoffrey Woledge

32 page 1978 booklet published by Museums Service Through post

£3.00

BIG EARS In the Kingdom of Kirklees

We did maintain the myth that Big Ears was not a single person, but everyone knew he was 99% Eric. Sometime in the mid 90’s Eric collected together all (a portion of) his etchings and many of the words of wisdom , and to be honest, unwisdom from the Gossip Column that appeared in the Spen Valley Spark in and around Cleckheckmonsedge in West Yorkshire. He published a book under the imprint of Hindsite Press, 94 pages and I know I get at least one mention, sad to say many, but not all, of the stars are no longer with us.

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BIG Ears in the Kingdom of Kirklees

“A jaundiced look at our Lords and Masters – Yorkshire Politicians and Bureaucrats through the eyes of Big Ears” 94 page illustrated book soft bound. Through the post to UK addresses or sometimes by bicycle if in the Spen Valley

£9.00

THE YORKSHIRE DALESMAN – 1939 To 1944

I have 1204 “Dalesman” titles in stock and have ambitions to get round to listing them all. I have decided to use calendar years rather than the volume years (that the “Dalesman” use). They do make excellent birthday or anniversary presents for Yorkshire folk (or even non Yorkshire folks come to that, we can’t all have been born in Yorkshire). At the moment I have at least one copy of every issue from April 1939 to November 2020.

The Yorkshire Dalesman April 1939 Vol 1 No. 1

APRIL Dales Folk by Ella Pontefract, Historian wanted for Kettleswelldale by C J Cutcliffe-Hyne, A Yorkshire Climbing Nursery by Godfrey Wilson, The Man of the Dales by W Riley, Past and Present in the Dales by M’Duke Miller, Do you know the Hill Brunillo? by Lettice Cooper, Adult Education in Craven, What Town Planning Means by F R Birkhead, It was still raining by Leonard Cooper, The Vacant Wine-Red Moor by Donald Boyd, The “Three Peaks”, Stories of Craven’s Grand Old Man by Norman Thorner and Public Access to Mountains by A Creech Jones MP. Through the post to any UK address.

£12.00

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The Yorkshire Dalesman April 1939 The first One

I have a copy I have repaired so it looks complete but it has a 1/4 of the front cover missing, replaced with facsimile. Posted to UK address

£5.00

APRIL Dales Folk by Ella Pontefract, Historian wanted for Kettleswelldale by C J Cutcliffe-Hyne, A Yorkshire Climbing Nursery by Godfrey Wilson, The Man of the Dales by W Riley, Past and Present in the Dales by M’Duke Miller, Do you know the Hill Brunillo? by Lettice Cooper, Adult Education in Craven, What Town Planning Means by F R Birkhead, It was still raining by Leonard Cooper, The Vacant Wine-Red Moor by Donald Boyd, The “Three Peaks”, Stories of Craven‘s Grand Old Man by Norman Thorner and Public Access to Mountains by A Creech Jones MP.

MAY I work in the Dales by Phyllis Bentley, Over the Green by Joan Ingilby, Coverdale to Colsterdale by A J Brown. The Ilkly Swastika By Leslie Barringer, The Red Squirrel by Phyllis Kelway, An Old Dales Account book By Ella Pontefract, Lord Ribblesdale: “The Ancester” By Norman Thorner, The Legacy of the Monks By TC Calvert, Fishing in Airdale By Winifred Birkbeck and The Revival of the Village by HSE Snelson.

JUNE Mr James R Gregson Makes a Sad Confession. Silence in the Fells by Florence Bone. The Three Peak Walk by Frank S Smythe, Wild Garlic in Wharfdale by Phyllis Kelway, A Kyrielle of the Dales by Stanley Umpleby. Evolution of Yorkshire Dalesfolk by J Fairfax Blakeborough, In Never Rains by Leonard Cooper, Where Swale is Born by W Riley. Open Pastures by Ella Pontefract, Adam Sedgwick: A man of Dent by Norman Thorner, Home to the Dales by Kathleen Binns, A Farmers Hymn by EBA Somerset, Refugees in the Dales, Young Farmers Clubs in Craven by J Robb

JULY The Ship Model by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe. The Common Whitethroat by Phullis Kelway, Epitaph for a Dalesman, Where Yore is born by W Eiley, John Hartley the Yorkshire Dialect Poet by W J Halliday, Journeys into other Dales by Ella Pontefract, A Motor Run through the Dales By Ben Wade, Canoes in the Dales by Ernest Roylance, Haliwell Sutcliffe; A man of the Moors by Norman Thornber, A dales Farmer Keeps up with the Times by Norman Thornber

AUGUST Dalesfolk by Florence Bone. The Musical Owl by Phullis Kelway, Barns and Laithes of Craven by James Walton, In Praise of Yorkshire by William Harebutt Dawson, Memories of Auld Swaledale by E Greenwood, Norway and the Dales by Ella Pontefract, A Hack from Dale to Dale By Alfred Vowles,Tom Twisleton: The Craven Poet By Norman Thornber, Crafts in the Dales by L M Douglas

SEPTEMBER Dale Life and Myths by Fairfax-Blakeborough, Doremouse in the Dales by Phyllis Kelway,Evening in Dentdale by Charles Bragg, Recording Yorkshire Dialects by Bruff, Another Dales Motor Run by Ewbank, Norwegian and Dale Farming By Ponefract, Some Mythical Yorkshire Characters by CL Wood, Harriet Byles a Yorkshire Preacher, An Unconventional Fisherman by Birbeck, Kettlewell Holds its Show,

OCTOBER Newcomers to the Dales, The Harvester by John Earl, Owd John the Cobbler by Thos. Thirkill, The Hedgehog, More “Daft” Villages, Henry Harrison: Cave Guide, Through the Gateway of Northumbria, Yorkshire’s part in Poultry Industry

NOVEMBER Churches and Chapels, Two Yorkshir Novels, Nidderdale in November (verse), The Water Shrew, Children and Neighbours, Susan Peacock, Lighter side of Dales Life, Dances of the Dales

DECEMBER Garsdale and Dentdale by W Riley – Poem by Q Nicholas – Guilty or Not Guiltu By D U Ratcliffe – Christmas in the dales by Pontefract & Hartley – The Yellow -Knecked Mouse By Phyllis Kelway – An Unchanged Dale by Percy Robinson

The Yorkshire Dalesman 1939 April to December

Please specify month required. Posted to UK address

£7.50

The first few years the covers were the same for a year at a time changing each April though the colour changed.

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The Yorkshire Dalesman 1940 to 1944

Please specify what year and month you require’ The price includes postage to any UK address. If you are unfortunate enough not to live in Yorkshire or near enough to visit regularly, in other words, out with the UK please ask me about postage rates.

£6.00

DEWSBURY & THORNHILL

Dewsbury as it Was and Spen Valley a landscape of hamlets, written by Christopher Scargill and Richard Lee (I worked with Richard at Metro in the early eighties before it was sold off for a bargain price). 

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Dewsbury As It Was by Christopher Scargill and Richard Lee

The pages are not numbered but there are 66 illustrations. Given how big Dewsbury is this should be the more common book but isn’t. published 1985. The Price below includes UK P&P

£9.00

96 (Dewsbury) Squadron Air Training Corps 25 Years 1941 – 1966

52 page booklet telling the history of 96 ATC well illustrated. By post to UK addresses £6.00

£6.00

BIG Ears in the Kingdom of Kirklees

“A jaundiced look at our Lords and Masters – Yorkshire Politicians and Bureaucrats through the eyes of Big Ears” 94 page illustrated book soft bound. Through the post to UK addresses or sometimes by bicycle if in the Spen Valley

£9.00

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