SPEN VALLEY – Local History – Cleckheaton – Heckmondwike – Liversedge

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

Churches and Chapels of Kirklees – A Ronald Bielby

Published in 1978 by Kirklees Libraries and Museum Service this 116 page book is well illustrated. This is a clean tight copy with no inscriptions. Through the post to UK destinations.

£7.50

Cleckheaton Rugby Union Football Club

20 glossy pages of photographs and facts A4 size. Through the post to UK address, or delivered by hand in the Spen Valley. £8.00

£8.00

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

I have collected books and ephemera of Spen Valley, and Yorkshire for many years. A number of these publications are difficult to find. Some I am more than reluctant to part with so I have decided to compile a reading list and to mention when I have copies for sale.

Times Past In The Spen Valley

A4 size 16 pages of snippets of Spen Valley History Posted to UK address £2.50

£2.50

The Brightest Star – A Century Tribute to Leslie Heward – born in Littletown 1897

A Century Tribute to LESLIE HEWARD b1897 d 1943 born in Littletown, Liversedge West Yorkshire 1897 – 1997 by Margaret Mitchell. A 32 page booklet published Christ Church Liversedge 1997 Price includes UK P&P

£4.00

Heckmondwike Urban District Official Handbook 1967

46 pages of adverts, photographs, history and facts and stuff

£10.00

Heckmondwike Urban District – Official Handbook 1973

42 pages handbook. Adverts, photographs and official information

£10.00

Heckmondwike in Times Past – Margaret M Wood

Heckmondwike in Times Past – Margaret M Wood. Undated Countryside Publication 48 pages of very interesting but poor quality illustrations. £5.00 The Price below includes UK Postage

£7.00

Images of England SPEN VALLEY compiled by Norman Ellis

First printed in 2001 by Tempus 23cm X 16cm a 128 page soft cover book with two illustrations per page and accompanying text. Obviously as the images of the title are photographs the history it covers are mainly from 20th century. Though it is crammed full of photographs, many of which I have not seen in any other publications, there are copious notes that add much to the illustrations. A well put together addition to any Spen Valley collection. The Price below includes UK P&P In the shop £10.00

£12.50

A Short History of Hartshead Church by Mabel Ferrett

A 16-page booklet undated but well-illustrated with line drawings. A good very brief, but comprehensive local history start. I have a copy available for £2.50 through post to UK address £4.00

£4.00

A History of Hartshead by Mabel Ferrett

Printed in 1967 by Huddersfield Examiner this small (but perfectly formed) little booklet, has photographs and line drawings. Only 14 pages but covers Robin Hood, Hammond Roberson, Patrick Bronte, Luddites, Chartists and World Wars. This can be delivered by our privatised Post Office (National asset sold off for private profit) for the modest sum of £4.00 (That is the total cost not just £4.00 delivery cost)

£4.00

History of the SPEN VALLEY 1780 – 1980 – Douglas Hird

Hird Douglas - History of the Spen Valley

An essential book for any Spen Valley collection. Published in 1985 written by Douglas Hird who spent 25 years as a reporter in the Spen Valley.  Up until being nine year old he attended Brighton Street Junior and Infants School, but moved out when his family emigrated (to Dewsbury).

The book is well illustrated and has an index. Overlaps a bit with Peel but brings us well into 20th century. Unlike Thompson, this is a very entertaining read (written by a journalist and not a Librarian, not that I have anything against librarians that is). It does have many interesting facts that you will not find elsewhere. Not as detailed as some of the SV personal memoirs, but in some way more entertaining for that.

It is getting much harder to find. I only have one copy for sale, at £30.00

SPEN VALLEY – Reading list

The SPEN VALLEY a local History by Thomas William Thompson

Published in 1925 it originally appeared in the Heckmondwike Herald in column format, the deal done was to not take payment for in cash, but the type should be used to publish a limited edition in book form. That is why the book has very wide margins.
Thompson was the Librarian in Heckmondwike Library I don’t think he had any formal training as an Historian. The book is 355 pages long and usefully has an index but no illustrations. Overfull of lists of men, in some cases with questionable merit as to the reason for inclusion. The book for the most part looks to the History of the Spen Valley through the lens of the History of England with not a great deal of real “local” content, unless you count the lists of men.
I must admit I didn’t get off to a good start when he seemed to imply that prior to the Roman Conquest the Valley was inhabited by tribes of Hunter Gatherers, he seems to have missed the Bronze and Iron age altogether. I must excuse a lot of his opinions as writing in the 20’s the “Dark Ages” were still dark. He is very skimpy on two themes that are very much of Spen Valley History, the Luddites and Chartists.
Whatever my views, if you are seriously into Local History you need to read this book. If you are building a Spen Valley Book collection you need to own one.
I currently have a copy for sale for £45

SPEN VALLEY in old picture postcards by Gillian Cookson

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Published by European Library, Netherlands written Gillian Cookson in 1988 this a 8”X6” hard back is much more than it says on the tin. Yes, it is based on 76 postcards, but each is backed up by research from a highly skilled professional historian who adds commentary to each card that is readable informative and interesting.

The Gate Hangs High – Mildred Coldwell

Published in 1987 by Kirklee s Council an account of her growing up in the Spen Valley between the Wars. Well written illustrated by Barbara Ellis.

The Brontes in the Spen Valley – Mabel Ferrett

Originally published as Shirley Country in 1973 revised in 1997 102 pages Illustrated by Stanley Chapman with an index. My irrational antipathy to the cult of the Brontes has prevented me from reading this but having read other works by Mabel I have no doubts about readability.

Spenborough Official Handbook 1947/48

96 pages, water damage to the bottom of all the pages, does not obscure text or photographs just distracts from the booklet. Price includes P&P for UK destinations

£6.50

Borough of SDpenborough

Borough of Spenborough – Souvenir of the Charter of Incorporation 1955

40 pages printed on quality paper with descriptions of Spenborough, illustrated with photographs and line drawings of places and people. I have never seen another copy.

£25.00

BBA Digest October 1955

48 page 10X8 on quality paper with photographs of the factory, people, process, history and products including motorsport. Price includes postage or delivery within the UK

£7.50

BBA Digest October 1953

48 page 10X8 on quality paper with photographs of the factory, people, process, history and products including motorsport. Price includes postage or delivery within the UK

£7.50

Garnett – opening cleaning and carding machinery

36 page 11X8 booklet with illustrations and descriptions of machines produced in Cleckheaton by P & C Garnett Ltd. Undated but does say the firm is over 100 years old and the phone number is 3306. Mailed (or delivered) to UK locations £5.00

£5.00

Reet Champion – The Development of Health Care in the Heavy Woollen District

Post and Package to all UK addresses included in this price

£7.50

Pennine Journey by William B Stocks

Being the History of the Railways, Tramways and Canals in Huddersfield and District. Printed and Published by THE ADVERTISER PRESS LTD> Huddersfield 1958. Card covers 98 pages tight clean copy no inscriptions. Posted to UK address

£7.50

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

YORKSHIRE

Movie Makers and Picture Palaces – GJ Mellor

An interesting and definitive history of the film industry in 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. Posted to any UK location

£12.00

On the Trail of the Luddites by Lesley Kipling & Nick Hall Illustrations by Eric Richardson

56 page illustrated booklet published by the Pennine Heritage Network in 1982 Through the post to any UK destination £7.50

£7.50

Tramways in West Yorkshire

Tramways in West Yorkshire by H Brearley – Locomotion Papers No. Thirteen

44 page illustrated booklet. Price through the post in UK

£7.00

The Beautiful and Historic Villages of Yorkshire (1907)

Published by The Leeds and Yorkshire Mercury, Albion Street, we think in 1907villages of Yorshire090

. Hard back binding in publisher’s original black paper covered boards, gilt title lettering to the front cover. Landscape 8vo. 6½” x 8¼”. Contains 119 printed pages with map, captioned monochrome photograph to every right hand leaf and good descriptive text opposite

Villages of Yorkshire

Hard back binding in publisher’s original black paper covered boards, gilt title lettering to the front cover. Landscape 8vo. 6½” x 8¼”. Contains 119 printed pages with map, captioned monochrome photograph to every right hand leaf and good descriptive text opposite

£10.00

Pennine Journey by William B Stocks

Being the History of the Railways, Tramways and Canals in Huddersfield and District. Printed and Published by THE ADVERTISER PRESS LTD> Huddersfield 1958. Card covers 98 pages tight clean copy no inscriptions. Posted to UK address

£7.50

DERBYSHIRE

These images are cropped slightly they are about postcard size in the book
This is not as it appears in the book I have combined images

Pictures in Colour of Derbyshire and the Peak Country

Undated but I think it was printed in 1905. Published by Jarrold & Sons. 50 charmingly colourful pictures, each is printed on only one side of the page with accompanying text. A slight stain on the front cover, otherwise a very good book. The price below includes P&P for all UK destinations

£12.50

Roman Derbyshire by Tom Garlick

A Dalesman Mini-Book The price includes UK postage, obviously if I can ever open again it would be cheaper in my shop.

£5.00

Pictures in colour of Derbyshire and the Peak Country – Roman Derbyshire by Tom Garlick –

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

LH Bradford 361

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

LEEDS

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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

Old Inns and Pubs of Leeds by Barrie Pepper

Published by Alewords in 1997 66 pages well illustrated a fine copy, in the post in the UK for a total of £5.00

£5.00

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LEEDS – Ivan Broadhead

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. Price Below includes UK P&P

£6.50

LEEDS the back to front inside out upside down city – Patrick Nuttgens

Leeds the back to front inside out upside down city – Patrick Nuttgens

A 70 page well illustrated paperback published in 1979 The price below includes UK P&P

£7.50

Leeds Cinemas Remembered – Robert E Preedy

56 pages of Photos and Facts in a 8″X6″ paperback published privately(?) in 1980 this fine copy is available in my shop for £10

LEEDS CINEMAS REMEMBERED

56 pages of Photos and Facts in a 8″X6″ paperback published privately(?) in 1980 Price below includes UK P&P

£12.00

History of Adel, Yorkshire by Val Crompton

92 pages, b&w and colour illustrations published in 2009 Through the post to UK addresses £7.50

£7.50

Basinful of Fun – about 1952 –

Published by F Youngman in Leeds in the early 50’s Cartoons stories illustrations and jokes. I have numbers 48 -50 – 53 – 54 – 58 – 59 – 61-73 – 89 for sale In the Shop £1.50 each in the post to UK address £2.50 each (specify number) If your desire is for more than one Basinful of fun add £1.50 for each copy after one e.g. 3 copies would cost £5,50 delivered to your UK door.

£2.50

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Leeds United The Revie Years – by Con Egan

God tight copy Through the post to any UK address

£9.00

The ANCIENT BRIDGES of the NORTH OF ENGLAND

The Ancient Bridges of the North of England

E Jervoise

Published by The Architectural Press, Westminster (1931)

A nice tidy copy 141 illustrations £5.oo

Church Guides

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A Guide to the Church of St.Michael and All Angels Thornhill by T Charlesworth

A well printed and illustrated 32 page guide. By post to UK address £3.50

£3.50

Rievaulx Abbey and The Helmsley District

Undated but priced at 2/- probably 60’s, a 36 page booklet illustrated with some line drawings and what looks like woodcuts. Posted to UK addresses £3.50

£3.50

Whitby Abbey by Peter Hood

Published by Hood & Co in 1927. A 68 page illustrated softcover book. Price includes UK postage

£3.50

Kilburn – Yorkshire by LF Peltor

28 page guide about village and church undated Price includes UK postage

£3.50

Stock

AutherTitlePublisherPriceConditionDate
APBirstall Gospel Temperence Soc. Community Church£2.50vg1982
Austin GeorgeWhitby Old Parish ChurchChurch£2.50vg1950
Ferrett MabelA Short History of Hartshed Church£2.50vg1993
Hamilton-DalrympleA New Guide to Helmsley Parish£2.50vg1985
Hood PeterWhitby AbbeyHood & Co£2.50vg1927
Jackson AlfredThe Churches of ScarboroughBPC£2.50vg1955
Lamb John WBridlington Priory ChurchBPC£2.50vg
Peltor LFKilburnBPC£2.50vg
UnstatedChrist Church Liversedge 1816-1966£2.50vg1966
Williams ErnestRievaulx Abbey & Helmsley DistrictChurch£2.00vg+
Charlesworth TSt. Michael and All Angels Thornhill£2.00vg+

Local Transport 1870-1940 – Kirklees

Kirklees Camera 1 – I like this collection of photos a wide spread geographic and thematically, good quality prints. £5.00

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Local Transport 1870 – 1940 Kirklees Camera

62 pages of local transport photographs good quality. Posted to UK addresses

£7.50

At Your Service One Hundred Years of The Huddersfield Corporation

A 72 page booklet (not illustrated) published late 60’s. I worked for Kirklees in the 70’s and recognise many of the departments described, but I am sure that one of my colleagues when I was a councillor, Peter McBride, will remember the whole of this history. There are copies of this available on the net, but not as cheap as the £5.00 I am asking.

County Borough of Huddersfield The Tolson Memorial Museum Publications. History of the Huddersfield Woollen Industry

Crump, W.B

Published 1935 132 pages with illustrations, soft cover £9.00

History of the Huddersfield Woollen Industry by W B Crump

1935 132 pages with illustrations. County Borough of Huddersfield The Tolson Memorial Museum Publications. To any UK address

£9.00

Also;


THE TOLSON MEMORIAL MUSEUM Handbook Angles, Danes & Norse in the District of Huddersfield W.G.Collingwood

Published in 1921 soft cover 64 pages with illustrations

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ANGELS, DANES and NORSE in the District of HUDDERSFIELD by WG Collingwood

Published in 1921 soft cover 64 pages with illustrations Posted to any UK address

£8.50

Slavery in Yorkshire

 This new collection of essays based upon a conference at the University of Huddersfield, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, explores the links between Richard Oastlers extraordinarily influential campaign against child labour in Yorkshire after 1830 and the remarkably successful campaign to abolish the transatlantic slave trade led by Yorkshire MP William Wilberforce before 1807. With contributions from D. Colin Dews, Dr John Halstead, Dr John A. Hargreaves, Dr Janette Martin, Professor Edward Royle and Professor James Walvin, it evaluates the distinctively Yorkshire context of both movements and offers a re-assessment of Oastlers contribution to their success. It reveals how Oastlers associations with both evangelical Anglicanism and Nonconformity, especially Methodism, stimulated and sustained his involvement in the ten-hour factory movement and examines the role of the regional press, local grass-roots organisation and Oastlers powerful oratory in helping to secure a successful outcome to the campaign. In a foreword, the Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, a leading figure in both the regional and national commemoration of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in 2007, commends this wide-ranging historical study with its broad perspective as an important contribution to making us all more informed on the whole theme of slavery today.

238 pages very well illustrated.

MY REVIEW ; I did enjoy most of it, one essay was a bit of a struggle, I don’t think I will loose sleep not knowing what date an individual joined a campaign group over 150 years ago. But I did learn how the campaign against slavery was originally driven by the Quakers and it did make me realise the importance of BLM (not that I ever have any doubts about). I have always thought we should have been taught much more about “The Factory King” rather than Royalty, he did much more for my class than years and years of Kings and Queens.

£10.00

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Slavery in Yorkshire

This new collection of essays based upon a conference at the University of Huddersfield, generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, explores the links between Richard Oastlers extraordinarily influential campaign against child labour in Yorkshire after 1830 and the remarkably successful campaign to abolish the transatlantic slave trade led by Yorkshire MP William Wilberforce before 1807. With contributions from D. Colin Dews, Dr John Halstead, Dr John A. Hargreaves, Dr Janette Martin, Professor Edward Royle and Professor James Walvin, it evaluates the distinctively Yorkshire context of both movements and offers a re-assessment of Oastlers contribution to their success. It reveals how Oastlers associations with both evangelical Anglicanism and Nonconformity, especially Methodism, stimulated and sustained his involvement in the ten-hour factory movement and examines the role of the regional press, local grass-roots organisation and Oastlers powerful oratory in helping to secure a successful outcome to the campaign. In a foreword, the Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, a leading figure in both the regional and national commemoration of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade in 2007, commends this wide-ranging historical study with its broad perspective as an important contribution to making us all more informed on the whole theme of slavery today. Delivered to UK Address £15.00

£15.00

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