Allan Stuttard gave a talk on his time as a soldier during the Korean War. It was 1952 and conscription was the lot of all 18 old boys. Allan Stuttard was eager to leave his Hebden Bridge factory work and see something of the world. Read more 19 Jan 2017
Diana Monahan gave a talk to the History Society on carols, tracing them back to medieval times, when they were frequently accompanied by joyful circle dances. Read report 21 Decvember 2016
The women machinists' strike in Hebden Bridge
Andrew Bibby told the recent History Society meeting how, exactly a hundred years ago, in November 1916, at the height of World War One, women garment makers of Hebden Bridge came out on strike. Read more 30 November 2016
in the Lancashire and Yorkshire Pennine
The traditional buildings of his local area have fascinated Kevin Illingworth for many years and the large audience which gathered at a recent meeting of the Hebden Bridge Local History Society obviously shared his enthusiasm.
Read more 16 November 2016
Our new programme started on 28 September
The new Hebden Bridge Local History Society programme includes talks on the Brontë Family, past funeral customs in Calderdale, traditional farmhouses and buildings, the women machinists' strike of 1916, Carols and Christmas, seeing Marilyn in Korea, Mytholmroyd from earliest times, the inventor of 'Cats' Eyes', Victorian pollution and more.
See What's On for more information.
This is no ordinary local history book. It is the first publication for many years to cover aspects of the history of various localities across the South Pennines, rather than focusing on the history of a specific area. Produced by the South Pennine History Group as a memorial volume for the late Alan Petford, a gifted local history lecturer, it presents the results of new research by some of the many people that he inspired. See Publications section for more info and short YouTube video.
How to use this site
Use these pages to find information on the Society's own activities, links to local and other historical organisations' sites, and links to useful resources for local history researchers.
What do we do?
We have a programme of fortnightly talks on Wednesday evenings in Hebden Bridge Methodist Church Hall. The 2015-2016 programme starts in September. Our Archive is open to members
History Society Archive and Family History Opening Times.
Come and join us!
There are lots of activities to get involved in as well as the Society's regular programme of events.
The group runs a popular programme of workshops and drop-in sessions at the Birchcliffe Centre
A major role of folklore is to express the 'common sense' of a community - in other words, the shared rhythms and beliefs and ways of doing things that are accepted and largely followed locally.
For some years now a small group of friends has been exploring the evidence for prehistoric activity in the South Pennines.
What you find in this section are the results of about ten years work - visiting archives, interviewing local residents and digging up new photos.