Obviously not local to “Not in Heckmondwike Book Shop” but “Local History” just the same.
This 128 page illustrated book, though very well illustrated is more than just a collection of photographs as so many “Local History books” are these days. Well written and indexed, a proper book, though I was mystified when trying to find out more about the author as “Bill Curtis” appears to be Mrs Curtis, or is she. The “About the Author” on the dust jacket is confusing;
See what I mean, google didn’t help, Bill produces some American and Elinor (found on a search) concentrates on an actress. The book is credited to Bill yet the blurb constantly refers to “She”.
Whatever, or whoever wrote it, it is a good read and I am only asking £7.50 for this excellent book.
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.
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.
Not a great deal about Roberttown mostly Wakefield Diocesan News but I like them for the local adverts as they capture the flavour of the time. You can but your coal (weekly Payments taken) get a permanent Wave, order your coffin, help a Waif or Stray or even get a High Pressure Greasing.
I have January, June and August available at £2.50 each.
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).
Both books are 12 X 8 (inches that is) and both are very well illustrated.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
In this one the illustrations aren’t numbered but the pages are (48) but just as well illustrated. published 1986
There are no inscriptions or stamps both look new and are available for £7.00 each.
For those who have wondered (not physically) if it is “Not in Heckmondwike” where is it? The answer is Liversedge, which probably explains this card used as a bookmark. The writing reads ; ZURICA given by Liversedge Parish Church armature Operatic Society 1914.
Questions arise; How many lads survived the war? How many are grand or great grand parents of current Liversedge inhabitants?
Shows what folks did BMP (Before Mobile Phones) and I bet the lads had a great time, outnumbered 2 to 1.
Three photos have the location and vehicle details on back and two are stamped Leeds City Transport. The postcard is the bus at an improbable angle. All five for £2.50. That’s an incredibly cheap price of 50p each.
I haven’t a clue where I got them from, the bus photos are all postcard size the train is a lot bigger.
Dalesman is a British monthly regional magazine, based in Skipton, and serving the English county of Yorkshire. Its first edition was published in March 1939, under the original title of The Yorkshire Dalesman: A Monthly Magazine of Dales’ Life and Industry. Although originally only serving the Yorkshire Dales, the magazine was soon expanded to cover the whole county of Yorkshire, with a particular focus on the countryside and over the years it has become a northern institution.It remains the biggest selling regional consumer magazine in the UK and Yorkshire’s best selling magazine.
I have 981 Dalesman titles in stock including the first one from 1939. I am a bit sparse on the last couple of years but only have about 5 or 6 dates missing in between. They are the ideal birthday or anniversary gift for Yorkshire Folk.
I do have other Dalesman publications other than the magazines so if you are looking for any particular date or other publication please ask me. I am not cheap but my prices are realistic.
Many of the covers make excellent cards and are great for framing.
How about this for a challenge, have a pint in all the pubs, the ones that still exist that is (the book is in the shop but I think there are about 80 listed though that was 1968 just a year after breathalysers were introduced and folks still went to pubs).
I do have many more titles in this series, but I’ll be damned if I know where I have put them. This is unusual in that it is a hard back. Each pub included has a photo and description.
If you are having difficulty finding your way about and have a bicycle I have just the map for you.
I can do a bargain package of book and map for £5.00 but you will have to provide your own bicycle and pay for your own pints.
SORRY Just noticed the map will not help as the book covers Anglesey, Caernarvon, Denbigh and Flint.
Bradford Libraries first edition, 1996. An interesting and definitive history of the film industry in West Yorkshire, regarded as ‘The Cradle of the Industry’ by many in the profession. Includes history of film making and film making pioneers, film equipment used, important films made, and the development of cinema in the region. Soft covers, p.324, illustrated with b&w photographs. Very good condition. £9.00
I don’t restrict myself to the “Dalesman” magazine, I look out for all their publications even when they stray out of God’s Own County (GOC).
Exploring: The Lake District, North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Coast (three Books)
Lakeland A to Z
Peak District Walks
Shepherds Crooks and Walking Sticks
Walking in; Airedale : Bronte Country : North Yorkshire Moors : Lower Wharfedale : Upper Wharfedale
Yorkshire Mysteries and Oddities
All are available along with many other Dalesman publications, though if you intend visiting my shop and you are interested let me know as they are all at home as I intend getting round to reading them, especially the “walking” books. As the bumper sticker should say “Bibliophiles just read about it”.