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WHAT'S ON: LOCAL EVENTS

in Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area

 

Hebden Bridge events

20-22 October 2017

Treesponsibility Autumn Gathering

Help us plant 2,000 trees!

Two days tree planting at Gorpley reservoir. Pick ups from Todmorden railway staion 10:20 Saturday, 11:00 Sunday

Two nights accommodation at Hebden Hey Hostel, great vegan food, celebration with cake on Saturday. Mini bus pick ups from Hebden Bridge station Friday night at 18:15 and 20:30. Cost for the weekend: £25 to cover hire of hostel and food. It's free if you are just coming the day and you will get home made soup with bread and hot drinks with biscuits (all vegan) on site.

Lots of warm layers of clothes, waterproofs and stout footware essential

 Email or ring Christina on 07709 690368 for more details and to book

20-22 October 2017
Dance Festival

Dance Festival to return for second year:

The Hebden Bridge Dance Festival has received a grant of £3,150 to organise a second festival on the weekend 20-22 October 2017.

See HebWeb news item (2 Oct)

See website

Friday 20 October 2017

Ceilidh with 'Peace Works' - HB Dance Festival

7.30pm Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Hebden Bridge Dance Festival present the 2017 festival launch event, a traditional Ceilidh with music by local Ceilidh band "Peace Works".

Come along and enjoy dancing a range of traditional dances in lines, sets and circles to their polkas, jigs and reels, with a couple of additional Celtic tunes thrown in for good measure between dances.

"Peace Works" is a local Ceilidh band who have been playing together for many years for community events and to raise funds for charities dear to their hearts. They have gathered a large collection of tunes and dances, mostly from the Celtic tradition, including many of the Ceilidh favourites and a few lesser known gems.

Jim Ledwidge leads the band on piano accordion and your main caller will be Rosie Benton.

For more information about the festival and to book tickets visit our website

Saturday 21 October 2017

Little RascalsLittle Rascals contemporary dance class

11am to 12.30 am

Let your 'little rascals' loose with Northern Rascals dance company, as part of the 2nd Hebden Bridge Dance Festival.  The fun and innovative workshop, at the Combined Arts Suite 4, (above the Antiques Centre in Valley Road), will allow youngsters to express and tap into their creativity through a series of theatrical dance games. 

We will play with our imagination to enter a world where anything can exist, from floors made of treacle to morphing into scary and very silly monsters! The class will be focused on letting go, having fun and really finding our inner (or outer) clown. So sign up, come down and let’s get silly!Open to all ages, young and old, parents are also encouraged to take part.  For tickets visit website

Saturday 21 October 2017

Dance For Life Disco - HB Dance Festival

9pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

The dance for life disco is perfect for anyone who just needs to let their hair down!

Come together & move your body & soul. Bring your friends, anyone who wants to dance free.

No fixed steps. Nothing is right or wrong. A place to dance like nobody is watching, with beautiful music. Bring nibbles to share! 

"I just love playing music that releases fear stress and heartache and attracts authentic miracles for love and forgiveness. I listen to so many tracks for each dance for life!" 

"I work with abused and traumatised men and women. I take them from survival mode into living mode where they find their wisdom, courage and inner power to create new beliefs to build a beautiful life. I Skype all over the world." – Roger King

Roger has just completed his 7th book: A Little Book of Love. Find out more about Roger here

See website

Saturday 21 October 2017

40s/50s Jive Class - HB Dance Festival

1.30pm Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Get a taste of 40s/50s jive at this beginners class!

HB Dance

"My partner Nigel and I teach jive which is s blend of 1940's Swing Jive and 1950's Rock n Roll to absolute Beginners and to the more advanced Jiver's."

"At the Hebden Bridge festival we will be doing demonstrations and teaching people new to Jive, showing them the basic footwork, a few easy moves and a couple of strolls which, unlike jive for which you will need a partner, are individual dances, similar to line dances but done to jive music."

"If you are bitten by the bug, you can come along to our Jive Class in Halifax the following week."

- Sue Aldham

See website

Saturday 21 October 2017

The Raconteurs' Delight Cabaret

8pm to Late

Hebden Bridge Trades Club 

Raconteurs

The Raconteurs' Delight Cabaret returns to the Trades after an immensely successful Green Gathering, bringing back some new friends as well as old favorites. Joining local diva Terry Logan and Leeds' own Johnny Solstice we'll be showcasing the awesome poet and in-your-face radical Salena Godden and the incredible rhyme-smith and stand-up comedian Elvis McGonagall.

Rounding off the evening with top dance tunes in a steampunk cabaret stylie will be Dom Barry, (aka DJ Templehead) so you're in for a winner-of-a-night whatever your tastes...

More info

Sunday 22 October 2017

Beginners Appalachian Dance Class - HB Dance Festival

1.30pm, Hebden Bridge Town Hall

Get down to the Second Hebden Bridge Dance Festival this October and try something new!

Fiddle 'n' Feet are a mixed Appalachian dance team formed over 15 years ago. 

We currently have 10 dancers and 5 musicians and practice in Shipley, West Yorkshire.

We choreograph our own dances which are lively and energetic consisting of traditional Appalachian dance steps from the Appalachian mountains of America. Our musicians play old-time and bluegrass fiddle tunes.

We perform at festivals, dance and charity events mainly in Yorkshire and Lancashire and sometimes further afield.

Anyone wishing to join our workshop will be required to wear hard soled shoes or tap shoes. No experience necessary. Complete beginners welcome. 

Our workshop will consist of a performance of one of our dances. We will teach simple Appalachian steps from this dance which hopefully at the end of the workshop we will all perform. The musicians play old time and bluegrass fiddle tunes.

See website

Sunday 22 October 2017

Little RascalsNorthern Rascals teenagers and young adults dance workshop

13.10 to 15.00

Hebden Bridge Methodist Church (opposite the Co-op).

Anna Holmes from the Northern Rascals dance company hosts this energetic workshop for teenagers and young adults to explore and enjoy contemporary dance.

Anna has trained in a combination of different styles such as modern, ballet, jazz and most notably, contemporary, so expect the workshop to be high energy, as we delve in and out of the floor and up in to the sky, all set to the background of great music.

This class, for teenagers and young adults, is suitable for people with all varying levels of experience of the form, including beginners.

Previous dance experience is preferable but not necessary! Just bring an openness and trust in the capacity of your body. So be brave and come join us!

Sunday 22 October 2017

Lost Chord Ensemble

7:30 pm in The Little Theatre, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge

Christopher Irvin, who conducts the local Little Theatre Choir has a wealth of light music including some of his own compositions. He has formed The Lost Chord Ensemble which meets about once a month and supports the Little Theatre. Musicians (with their music stand) are invited to come and play some light music selections.

If you are coming for the first time, please contact Chris Browne with details of your instrument so that a pad of music can be made available.

23-29 October 2017

Fox and Goose

25 OCTOBER 2017

Local History Society AGM followed by

How the Hippies changed Hebden Bridge

Chris Ratcliffe and Jenny Slaughter

The 1970s was the decade when people seeking an alternative lifestyle - the 'hippies' - began to move to Hebden Bridge in significant numbers. The town started earning a reputation for having a radical edge, attracting kindred spirits and eventually being declared the 4th funkiest town in the world.

Hippies Talk

Chris and Jenny will cover topics ranging from the Queens Terrace Squat, Aurora wholefoods, new forms of spirituality, the renovation of derelict properties and the wider creative counter culture.  Chris is a former Queens Terrace squatter and now editor of HebWeb. Jenny bought Latham Farm as a ruin in the 1970s and has lived there ever since. Both were involved in gathering material for the recent very popular History Society exhibition with the same title.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

Friday 27 October 2017

The Shaggy Dog Storytellers

Spooky Stories from the Floor

As we have so many talented tellers attending The Shaggy Dog Storytellers at the moment, some long-standing members and performers, others relatively new, every other clubnight during the following twelve months there will be a “floor” night with guest performance tellers in between. This will give the opportunity to tell to all those who wish to do so, but, let me stress, these nights are not just for performers. We also need an audience! 

There are those who prefer to listen to the variety of stories and tellers that these nights offer. I think we have a good night in store with contributions from professional, semi-professional and good amateurs taking part.

As we are so near Halloween, scary stories may well be to the fore!

Hope to see you there

Upstairs in The Stubbing Wharf, King St, Hebden Bridge. 8pm.

£7 Entry.

Saturday 28 October 2017

How to be a Craftivist - The Art of Gentle Protest

Craftivist

Do you think everyone's getting more and more shouty and cross? There's certainly plenty to be unhappy about but we need to keep our cool.  

Craftivist Sarah Corbetts gentle but powerful message has hit the zeitgeist. Come and hear her in conversation with Helen Meller, Hebden Arts Festival director, and find out more about the thoughtful philosophy of her new book "How to be a Craftivist".

Saturday October 28th, 7.30pm at the Egg Factory, tickets £5 or £15 with a copy of the book, book online online here through Eventbrite or in person at the Town Hall or the Egg Factory. 

28-29 October 2017

The Original Hebden Bridge Ghost Walk

Naked Races, Witchcraft, the Black Death, Robin Hood and a host of other horrible histories await Beyond the Veil of Calderdale, a spine tingling, grisly ghost walk first commissioned by Hebden Bridge & Halifax Arts Festival.

Following its repeated sell out success in 2014, Ursula Holden Gill has further developed these deliciously dark, authentic collections into an annual Hebden Bridge Ghost Walk which in 2017 will run as part of 'The Great Pumpkin Festival' on the 28th & 29th October.

Join her at the Wavy Steps in the centre of town (HX7 8EX) at 7pm on both Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th.  Aimed at adults and older children but suitable for families, prams, wheelchairs and dog lovers alike this promises to be a magical evening of murder, mystery and mayhem.....

Sunday 29 October 2017

The Boggarts & How to Trick Them Trail

Small gnome like creatures called Boggarts have been living on the moors around here since before time began. For centuries, they managed to exist peaceably alongside humans, keeping themselves well – hidden in ditches and hedgerows and appearing only to unsuspecting travellers with the promise of a trick if no treat was forthcoming. But gradually humans over farmed the moors, burnt them, built on them and polluted them with their factories and so the Boggarts got angry and became more goblinesque. They set about stealing down into town and causing a right rumpus. And so they still do, especially at this time of year.

Quick to shape shift, slippery in their speech and fast on their humongous hairy feet so their pranks all look like your fault, the stories you'll hear on this How to Trick a Boggart Trail won't only protect you from the wily ways of these halflings but will also teach you how to identify, outwit and even befriend one!

Join master storyteller and Boggart re homer Ursula Holden – Gill on Sunday 29th October at 3pm by the Wavy Steps on Bridgegate as she transforms the town centre into a series of magical hideouts and prankster points you never knew were there! (Suitable for young children this event has been commissioned by The Great Pumpkin Festival.)   

Monday 30 October 2017

The Trials and Tribulations of the Early Railway Passengers

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Hope Chapel, New Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8EW in the Ebenezer Room - use the side entrance of Hope Street.  

A third history talk by Peter Jeffery organised to raise funds for The Friends of Hebden Bridge Station.

Suggested donation of £2.

Weds 1 November – Sat 3 December 2017

Winter Showcase Exhibition 

The Town Hall, St George's St, Hebden Bridge

Opening Times: Mon to Fri 9am – 5pm | Sat 10am – 3pm | Sun Closed

As a new addition, ARTbound Community are showcasing the creative works of members and visiting artists, as part of a 4 week exhibition overlapping our annual Christmas ARTfair! Throughout the foyer and Cafe area, artists will be showcasing on the walls in aid of extending opportunity to artists and giving visitors chance to purchase more original and affordable art in the run up to the busy festive period.

Free entry for all

More info

Thursday 2 November 2017

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Presents:

Café Culture

Cafe culture

A digitally illustrated talk by Trevor Moody

Join us at The Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall at 2.30pm

Local Stories & Local Speakers

Doors open 2pm for tea & cake £5 (£3 concessions) - All Welcome -

Pay on the door

For enquiries telephone Helen Meller on 01422 417373

Thursday 2 November 2017

Gigspanner - Wadsworth Community Centre

Doors 6:45, Wadsworth Community Centre.

Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio “Gigspanner” and in the process has established their reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene.

This year the trio have recorded a new album ‘The Wife of Urban Law.’

The trio’s visit to Wadsworth is an early stop on their current U.K. tour promoting the brand new album.  For this album, Gigspanner has again used traditional tunes as a starting point, rearranging and improvising them to create inventive, sometimes hypnotic, new pieces.

Already receiving critical praise, Gigspanner’s new album material will be on show at Wadsworth.

Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion, both of whom are powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

“A glorious tour de force…simply exquisite ****” Spiral Earth

Tickets £14 available from Derek on 07890 205980

Friday 3 November 2017

Dark Matter Promotions presents...

An evening of live psych/alt rock

Doors 8pm

Upstairs at the Golden Lion, Todmorden

Black Doldrums are a Heavy-Psych duo from London, signed to 
Wrong Way Records, consisting of Kev Gibbard on guitar and vocals and Sophia Lacroix on drums and vocals. They deliver multiple layers of sound with fuzzy echo-drenched guitars and heavy relentless drums.
The band have supported acts such as The Cult of Dom Keller, White Manna, Sterling Roswell of Spaceman 3, Thurston Moore, The Fall and Dead Rabbits.

Purple Merlin
4 piece from Stockport creating a unique rock and roll sound with a blues/psychedelic influence.

Liberal Violence
Alt 4 piece from Todmorden with a style of their own

Sunday 5 November 2017

Bonfire Night at The Hinchliffe Arms

3.30pm onwards. 

Come and join us for family-friendly fun and to celebrate Bonfire Night at The Hinchliffe Arms, Cragg Vale, Hebden Bridge, HX7 5TA

Free entry - although we are asking for donations for Watermark Flood Fund Calderdale.

Chef Rob Owen Brown promises Bonfire: Firework Display: Vintage DJ: vintage games (hook a duck, coconut shy, skittles etc.) BBQ: Hog Roast: toffee apples: BBQ: veggie street market: local ales: stalls.

Carved pumpkin competition (bring your carved pumpkin to be judged at 6pm).  

RSVP: 01422 883256/
thehinchliffepub@gmail.com

Sunday 5 November 2017

Elliotts Antique Fair 

8-30am to 3pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Caldene Avenue Mytholmroyd.

All your favorite dealers selling a wide range of antiques and collectables. On site cafe selling an excellent range of home cooked food.

Admission £1 all classes.

8 November 2017

Pennine Prospects' Annual Conference

The South Pennines in the 21st Century – its landscape and cultural heritage

9am-4pm, Mytholmroyd Leisure and Community Centre.   

Booking through Eventbrite. Tickets £29.50 including a locally sourced lunch from Craggies and The South Pennines 'Through the Lens' calendar.

  • The South Pennines Regional Park
  • A thriving economy and local distinctiveness
  • A landscape for the future - their heritage in our hands
  • A space for everyone

Check www.pennineprospects.co.uk for more details nearer the date

Email to be added to the mailing list

8 NOVEMBER 2017

The Withins Farms

Steven Wood

The Withins Farms

The ruin of Top Withins on Stanbury Moor is internationally famous as the supposed inspiration for the site of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. In real life, it was one of three Withins farms carved out of the moor in the sixteenth century.

The history of these farms provides a fascinating study of the hill farming economy of the Pennine moors from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.  Steven Wood is an independent historian who has been studying the Haworth area for some thirty years. He has published seven books on Haworth and its neighbouring villages of Oxenhope and Stanbury.  The most recent is his collaboration with Peter Brears on the history of the Withins farms.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Psychic Demonstration

Susan Wood medium, with over 45 years experience, will be demonstrating at Stubbing Wharf Public house, Hebden Bridge.

On 8th November at 7.30pm.

Tickets £10.00 on the door or online from susanwoodmedium.com

Saturday 11 November 2017

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindFriends of the Picture House present

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

The next FOPH presentation at Hebden Bridge Picture House on Saturday, November 11 at 4.30pm for 5pm is 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' (15), starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Mark Ruffalo and Kirsten Dunst.

Written by Charlie Kaufman, the film is a comical and poignant look at break-ups, breakdowns - and breakthroughs. Critics praised the film as being 'clever and wonderfully eccentric'.

Appropriate snacks will be served by the Friends before the film.  

Saturday 11 November 2017

Ceilidh

Thursday 16 November 2017

International Men's Day Event

Our event will take place on Thursday 16th November at 6:30 pm at the Fox and Goose pub, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

A series of short talks to last an hour plus followed by free home made curry and a viewing of the 'Cock and Bull Stories' DVD - men's stories for all. 

Saturday 18 November 2017

Christmas Artfair

The Waterfront Hall, The Town Hall, St George's St, Hebden Bridge

11am - 4pm

Creative stall holders will be filling the beautiful Waterfront Hall for our 3rd Christmas Artfair, situated in Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Next to the superb onsite Café, we'll have stalls full of homewares, gifts, art, photography and festive magic during this one day, eclectic Christmas Shopping Experience!

Free entry for all

See HebWeb news item

Saturday 18 November 2017

mytholmroyd lights

Saturday 18 November 2017

Lit and Sci

Hebden Bridge Literary & Scientific Society

2017-2018 Hebden Bridge Lecture Series

Judith Weir
One of the country’s most distinguished composers.
Appointed Master of the Queen’s Music in 2014.

A Composer’s Life

Hebden Bridge Town Hall, The Waterfront Hall

Saturday 18 November at 7:30 PM

Bar/Café open at 6:30 PM

Tickets £10 – £8 Concessions 

On sale at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall
or from HB Lit & Sci, The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, HX7 8DG
Please make cheques payable to HB Lit & Sci
Tel: 07860 164422
Visit the website for more information 

Judith Weir

22 NOVEMBER 2017

Twenty Thousand descend on Hardcastle Crags

A virtual walk from the station to Hardcastle Crags and around, 50 to 100 years ago

David Taylor

Twenty Thousand Descend On Hardcastle Crags

By the 1850s, visitors were coming to Hebden Bridge for Hardcastle Crags from the mill towns on both sides of the Pennines, all thanks to the railway. By the turn of the century they were coming in their thousands – an estimated 20,000 over the three-day Whitsun holiday in 1897! Using many images from the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive we will follow in their footsteps to see how different it was all those years ago as they walked from the station to and around the Crags, enjoying all the facilities provided there.  David has lived all his life in the historic West Riding of Yorkshire, moving to Calderdale in 1988. A member of the History Society and a volunteer with Pennine Horizons, he was involved in co-producing an exhibition on the railway and the visitors to Hardcastle Crags, which was mounted at Gibson Mill and in the town.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

25 November 2017

Wainsgate Makers Bazaar

The Wainsgate Makers Bazaar offers a fresh, diverse and complementary mix of products, goods and experiences.

We seek out traders who can offer quality products and contemporary designs. Above all, we seek to champion independent and emerging craftspeople, designer makers, producers and musicians.

See HebWeb News article

Saturday 9 December 2017

Music at Walshaw, Xmas 2017

Saturday December 9 at 2pm

Mary Nolan, Irish harp
Dearbhla Nolan, trumpet
Margaret Bruce, piano

Tickets £25 including tea from Kath on 01422 843937 or Margaret@lumley-savile.com

13 DECEMBER 2017

From Crime Scene to Holiday Camp

Stories of Hawdon Hall

Freda Kelsall

In February 1817, a small homestead near Hardcastle Crags, with a tangle of names - (Hawden - or Hawdon - Hole, Hoyle or Hall) was invaded by notoriety.   An aged man of no great fortune was found to have been murdered there;  just over a century later, it was providing a welcome for holiday-makers!  Local writer and artist Billy Holt may have inspired the idea of Butlins, before setting off with his horse Trigger in pursuit of adventure.   His benign influence on the historical record offsets the tragedy of death, detection and retribution.   

Freda Kelsall was born in Southport, where she worked for the Public Libraries, trained in speech and drama, and had a novel published, before moving to London to train as a teacher, also beginning to work in TV.  After teaching in London and Hampshire, and writing TV plays part-time, her on-going contract (1973-1995) with YTV to write the dramatised social history series, How We Used to Live, led her to make her home in Hebden Bridge, where she has lived since 1982.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

10 JANUARY 2018

Todmorden Old Pub Trail

Barbara Rudman

Todmorden Old Pub Trail

This talk illustrates the speaker's passion for the history of twentieth century pubs, which she believes, reflects our social evolution very closely. The memories of earlier generations have been captured to save a vital part of our local history.

Born in County Durham, Barbara has lived in Todmorden for over fifty years and has been involved with various community charities.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

24 JANUARY 2018

The People of the Parish Of Halifax: 1539 to 1670

Parish registers and the reconstruction of the population

Ian Bailey

During the Black Death of 1348, up to a half of the people of England died; it took two centuries before the country reached the same number of inhabitants again. Given that one single event can have such a dramatic impact on the social history of the nation, it is perhaps surprising that local historians have not devoted more time to understanding the size of local populations.  Whether it is in order to appreciate the impact of war, famine, disease, economic instability or political upheaval on a locality, it seems that the changing size of its population is an essential element of the local historian's evidential base.

This talk is the result of a group project run in Hebden Bridge by the Society. It aims to demonstrate how Halifax's legacy of parish registers can be used to discover the size of its population, where those people were living and what events impacted on them.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Damn Your Eyes!

Protection against the evil eye in human society and local architecture Mytholmroyd Farm - the evil eye

John Billingsley

Damn Your Eyes!

John's recent research has been into the material remains of folk magic in our built environment, comprising carvings, deposits and customs aimed at protecting buildings and households. In this talk he suggests that the evil eye should not be seen as an aspect of witchcraft, but as an aspect of human personality aggravated by the growth of wealth disparity, especially in the 17th century. 

John Billingsley's interest in Calder Valley history has focussed on local folklore, particularly legends and aspects of traditional folk magic. He has written or edited seven books and organised or presented various conferences on such topics. He has also edited the antiquarian magazine Northern Earth since 1991.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Seven Centuries Of Recorded Floods In The Calder Valley

Why are they getting worse? What can we learn from history? Has the Environment Agency learnt anything from history?

Nick Wilding

Seven Centuries Of Recorded Floods In The Calder Valley

Using evidence stretching back to the 14th Century, Nick Wilding compares the 2015 Boxing Day floods and other recent inundations to accounts of floods from previous centuries. In the course of doing so, he discovers some interesting analogies. He traces the course of the tributaries that feed the River Calder and finds that the origins of extreme flood events in the past were in many ways no different to the ones that cause them today. However, he finds that today's floods have been exacerbated by a range of late 20th Century and 21st Century factors that were not applicable in days gone by.    

Nick Wilding is an ex BBC producer, an independent filmmaker and historical researcher, who has made a string of documentaries on a wide range of local Calder Valley subjects and has prepared talks, interspersed with extracts from his films, based upon his recorded interviews with local people and his own research.   

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

14 MARCH 2018

The Norman Conquest of Yorkshire

Dr. Paul Dalton

The Norman conquest of England is often associated with the year 1066, and with the battle of Hastings, fought on 14 October that year, in which the army of William, duke of Normandy, defeated and killed Harold Godwineson, king of the English. In fact, the Norman conquest took many years to achieve. There was much violent resistance to the rule of William the Conqueror after 1066, especially in northern England. This talk will discuss the nature of this resistance in Yorkshire and the brutal measures William used to overcome it, including his infamous 'harrying of the North'. It will also explore the dramatic, and in some respects catastrophic, impact of the Norman conquest on the aristocratic society, landholding, government, wealth, and landscape of power in Yorkshire between 1066 and 1087.

Dr Paul Dalton is a Principal Lecturer in Medieval History at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has published widely on Anglo-Norman history, including a book entitled Conquest, Anarchy and Lordship: Yorkshire 1066-1154, published by Cambridge University Press.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website

28 MARCH 2018

The Alan Petford Annual Memorial Lecture

Township Boundaries and Commons Disputes in the South Pennines

Dr. Nigel Smith

The South Pennines

In upland areas, boundaries across moorland were frequently subject to dispute occasioned by disagreements over grazing and other rights of common. The definition of boundaries thus became an increasingly common issue that reached a litigious peak during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. This talk will cover a number of disputes around the Calder Valley but will focus on two disputes: one between Midgley and Wadsworth that was still ongoing in the nineteenth century, and one involving protracted litigation by Langfield in the early seventeenth century. This litigation provides evidence of a long-lost boundary that sheds some light on certain early township territories within the Upper Calder Valley. Nigel's research interests focus on the landscape and agricultural history of the Upper Calder valley and the wider South Pennines. He has recently edited "History in the South Pennines: The Legacy of Alan Petford", a volume of essays dedicated to the late Alan Petford.

Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge at 7.30pm

Local History website