Local History – Local to somebody – (not Spen Valley)

A History of Blaydon
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A History of Blaydon – Winlaton and District Local History Society

Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. 182pp with b/w and colour photos and illustrations with folding maps – red vinyl Price includes UK Posting – For other postal rates to more distant locations please contact me. I will apply a discount for simultaneous purchases, If I remember.

£25.00

English Methodism in Aberystwyth by Mary Brown

English Methodism in Aberystwyth by Mary Brown

Published by Printed by the Cambrian News Ltd., Aberystwyth, 1969. 96 pages green cloth gilt lettering fine condition. 1st edition. Price includes UK Posting – For other postal rates to more distant locations please contact me.

£5.00

Published in 1988 by Yorkshire Art Circus “It takes generations to develop a sense of place but less time to destroy a community” over 100 people talk about their homes and houses describing the affect the Strike and it’s aftermath.

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Communities Under the Hammer – Privy to Privatisation – People’s History of Yorkshire

Published in 1988 by Yorkshire Art Circus “It takes generations to develop a sense of place but less time to destroy a community” over 100 people talk about their homes and houses describing the affect the Strike and it’s aftermath. Price includes UK Posting – For other postal rates to more distant locations please contact me.

£7.50

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.

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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HMSO and National Trust Guides and other publications

Castles – An Introduction to the castles of England and wales – HMSO

1954 with 28 plans and 12 photographs dj vg book vg Price includes UK Posting – For other postal rates to more distant locations please contact me. I will apply a discount for simultaneous purchases, If I remember.

£5.00

Rievaulx Terrace – Carlisle Minature Rooms – Erddig
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3 National Trust Guides – The price is for all three

Erddig vg+ 1978 The Carlisle Collection of Miniature Rooms vg+ 1981 The Rievaulx Terrace vg+ 1979 Price includes UK Posting – For other postal rates to more distant locations please contact me. I will apply a discount for simultaneous purchases, If I remember.

£4.50

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

AutherTitlePublisherPriceConditionDateEdition
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

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

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

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

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

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.

The Yorkshire Dalesman 1940 to 2020

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.

£5.00

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

The Ancient Bridges of the North of England by E Jervoise

Published by The Architectural Press, Westminster (1931)

£5.00

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

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

The Master of Liversedge by Alice Chetwynd Ley

I know I should, but I have not read this book, so I can pass no judgement on its historical or “local” content. £2.50 (a third of the Amazon price)

A classic, best-selling Regency romance! For fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Jane Aiken Hodge and Jane Austen.

Man turns against master under the threat of revolution…

1812, West Riding, Yorkshire

Mary Lister, a young governess, accepts a position at Liversedge Mill. But she arrives in the middle of a violent uproar.

The Luddites – bands of desperate men put out of work by new machines and reduced to starvation – have conspired to smash up the Mill and terrorise its master, the proud and unyielding William Arkwright.

During the stormy weeks that follow her arrival, Mary is torn between her sympathy for the poor and downtrodden of the rebellion, with whom her gentle cousin John Booth has sided, and her unwilling admiration for the indomitable Master of Liversedge.

With whom will she eventually side? Her head or her heart?

THE MASTER OF LIVERSEDGE is a historical saga by Alice Chetwynd Ley: a traditional British, Regency romance novel with the backdrop of social revolution, set in 19th Century England.

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