The Spen Valley Historical Society was founded in 1972 and 2019 will be our 47th year of continuous existence.

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, with the exception of August when we do not have a meeting. The meetings start promptly at 7:30 pm at Our Lady & St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church Hall Dewsbury Road Cleckheaton.

The programme for the 2019- 20 season is:-

 9th October
 Little Known London - East End continued
 Patricia A Bell
 13th November
 The Bernard Howgate Memorial Lecture
 A Potter's Tale
 John Hudson
 11th December
 Discovering John Hartley's Clock Almanacs 1867-1916
 Rod Dimbleby
 8th January
 A Memorable Visitation: The 1891 Spen Valley Influenza Epidemic 
 John Brooke
 12th February
 The Life Story of Edward Wadsworth: Razzle Dazzle Artist
 David Bland
 11th March
 Local Disasters and Tragedies
 Christine Leveridge

For more information our contact details are


tel 0786 631 0162

or spenvalleyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

tel 0797 193 8010

Abandonment Plans for Queensbury Tunnel submitted to CBMDC

Highways England has submitted plans to Bradford Council for the abandonment of Queensbury Tunnel. The reference number is 19/02242/MAF and details are available via the Council's planning portal . The work is likely to cost around £5 million, funded by the taxpayer.

This link takes you to the abandonment page of the Queensbury Tunnel website with information about how to object.

This link takes you to the CBMDC portal should you wish to object.

Our History At Risk

A planning application, 2019/62/91239/E, has been submitted to Kirklees Council to demolish The Shears Inn on Halifax Road, Liversedge.  Objections can be submitted via the Kirklees Council website portal by using the link above.

Some of the Luddite Rioters in 1812 took refuge at The Shears.

Legend has it that men were tortured by the Rev. Roberson using aqua fortis (nitric acid). In his death throes John Booth asked his interrogator  “Can thi keep a secret?” Thinking he was about to receive the names of co-conspirators Roberson leaned forward and said he could, whereupon Booth replied “So can I” and died there and then.

A fuller account of the part played in the riots by The Shears Inn can be accessed here from the Spen Valley Civic Society website.

Further information can be found at the BBC by following this link.

James Finnigan's name is to be added to the Liverpool Hall of Remembrance in September 2019 and Liverpool Council are keen to find any living relatives who might wish to attend the event in Liverpool to mark the occasion.  If you can help, can you please get in touch with us.  Our contact details are spenvalleyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

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9th August 2019 - Chris Wood is seeking  information about the death bed confession of Ann Gill

31st July 2019 - Giles Wilcock is seeking information about the death of Hannah Haigh who's body was found in 1883

7th November 2018 - Dave Dickinson is seeking information about a Stationery Shop in Liversedge circa 1903.

15th July 2018 - A local history group has been set up at Cleckheaton Library and will meet on Tuesday 24 July and then the second and fourth week in the month.