Published in 1990 146 pages well illustrated in Black & White and Colour, photographs and drawings. I must admit I have looked at the pictures but have not read it but it seems a good Balance of illustrations and text and helpfully has an index.
Available in my shop for £4.00.
This Gate Hangs High by Mildred Coldwell, I went to the launch of this book in 1987, I met Mildred but knew her son better.
Another interesting account of life in the Spen Valley before the War, well written and a good read.
Unfortunately only a good “reading copy” (water stains on the covers) it has been read. I think I have a better copy in the shop, but this one is for sale at £2.50
The thing about being a second hand book dealer is you can only acquire what you find (at a price that allows a margin of profit to help pay the electric bill). Today’s batch demonstrates this, I did decide not to buy the “Folio’s” on offer as they were not perfect and the price was what I would sell them for.
Above Us the Waves – Warren & Benson – a much reprinted and republished title and I do have paperback copies (from the 60’s) but this, though jacketless, is a vg first edition hard back. £4.00
Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice – Life in a Yorkshir Village Shop – Wheeler – About Huddersfield way, it does mention Deighton £4.00
The Worlds Best SF Short Stories No.1 – ed. Wollheim Fine UK first Hardback in fine dj – £7.50.
Mi Barber – On Stony Ground. A Romantic Novel Set in Summer Wine Country in the early 1800’s £3.00
Victorian and Edwardian Yorkshire from old Photographs £3.00
..and some Dalesman books.
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.