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Hebden Bridge History Pages
The history of Hebden Bridge is fascinating and moving. It was our Pennine hills and valleys which powered the mills and factories of the first Industrial Revolution - the overgrown ruins of these old mills can still be seen in many of our valleys.The 19th century saw the roots of the coop movement. In the middle of the 20th century came the asbestos tragedy.
Bridge Mill: History on our doorstep. Justine Wyatt, with the support of the mill’s current owner David Fletcher, has uncovered more of the story of the building, and gave a fascinating talk to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Read more (3 April)
Working from home in 1825; Working from home is not a new concept, Malcolm Heywood told members of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. William Greenwood's described his several different occupations. Read more (20 March)
The Grave of Robin Hood; mysterious goings-on in Calderdale. Kai Roberts told the local history society about Robin Hood in Calderdale and especially the monument known as Robin Hood’s Grave. Read more (11 March)
Todmorden Weavers and the Great War: Alan Fowler, former lecturer in Economic and Social History, told a meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society that the local Weavers’ Association had 4000 members at its peak. Read more (20 Feb)
Untold Stories: A glimpse into the lives of local people - Tony Wright has for the past ten years been collecting personal life stories on film and audio tape. Read more (18 Jan)
City in the Hills - Corinne McDonald and Ann Kilbey told a meeting of the Local History Society of Dawson City, the building of the Walshaw Dean Reservoirs and the publication of a new book. Read more (16 Dec)
Lament For The Mills - Robert Cockcroft, poet and academic told a meeting of the Local History Society of his childhood spent close to mills owned and operated by his grandfather, John Cockcroft and his father, Keith. Read more (2 Dec)
Clubhouses: self help and co-operation - Julie Cockburn told a meeting of the Local History Society about Clubhouses, a small row of houses in Old Town which encapsulate some of the history and spirit of the Calder Valley. Read more (30 Oct 2012)
Small Town Saturday Night - The story of a love affair with rock 'n roll at its peak in the 1950s and 60s from speaker Trevor Simpson.
The world of Cornelius Ashworth, speaker Alan Petford, Local History talk of 10 October 2012
- was a magazine based upon the history of the Upper Calder Valley which ran from 2002-2006
- The Fustian Weavers' Strike 100 years on from July 1906
- The Queens Terrace Squat - mid 1970s
Dozens of newly arrived homeless people squatted a large Hebden Bridge terrace - Queens Terrace. 30 years ago, both Hebden Royd and the newly Conservative Calderdale Council, decided they should be evicted.
- Trying their luck in South Africa: Letters from the Boer War - Peter Thomas investigates the story behind the brass plaque at the entrance to the HB Town Hall, one that is dedicated to the young men of Hebden Bridge who died in South Africa. Wednesday, January 2, 2002
- More Memories of 1940 evacuee, Stan Pierce, pieced together by Frances Robinson. (July 2001)
- Memory of 1940 - Stan Pierce's memories of being evacuated from London to Hebden Bridge. (October 1999)
- Billy Holt
- Wartime evacuees make contact with Hebden Bridge family - updated, Tuesday, May 8, 2001