Bringing History Alive

Photos from the Hebden Bridge Local History Society


CalrecThe History of Calrec: part 2

Stephen Jagger told how the company learnt from mistakes, takeovers and technological challenges to establish a leading brand of audio mixing desks. Calrec's speciality was equipping the outside broadcasting trucks that are essential to successful sports reporting.

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What's in a Name?What's in a Name?

Local History Society meeting report with speakers Keith Stansfield and Barbara Atack. An insight into local dialects and surnames of the Calder Valley.

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WitchcraftWinter History Programme

Our Winter programme started on 23 September with a talk from Andrew Bibby about when Oxford University came to Hebden Bridge and how Hebden Bridge embraced the University Extension Movement.

This talk is based on material in one of the chapters of Andrew Bibby's new book on the history of Hebden Bridge Fustian Manufacturing Co-operative (the Nutclough) All Our Own Work,

For fuller details of the Society's Winter Programme see our "What's on" section


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Summer 2015

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

Come and join us!

There are lots of activities to get involved in as well as the Society's regular programme of events.

Trestle Bridge

Trestle Bridge, Blake Dean c1904

West End Bridge

West End Bridge, 1960s

Family History

The group runs a popular programme of workshops and drop-in sessions at the Birchcliffe Centre

Churn Milk Joan

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.

Midgley Moor

For some years now a small group of friends has been exploring the evidence for prehistoric activity in the South Pennines.

Calderside Mill

What you find in this section are the results of about ten years work - visiting archives, interviewing local residents and digging up new photos.