The Spen Valley Historical Society was founded in 1972 and 2022 is our 50th 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, Dewsbury Road, Cleckheaton.

We are pleased to announce that the Society has resumed meeting however we have in place a number of mitigations to help reduce the possibility of catching Covid-19 whilst attending our meetings.

We are meeting in the church and not the church hall which allows members to maintain the 2 metre separation, the windows are open to ensure fresh air circulation, hand sanitisation is available and we encourage attendees to wear a face covering.

Our programme for the rest of the 2022/23 season is shown below:-

13th July - "Early Motoring with Local References" - Paul Harrison

14th September - "Life on the Manor of Wakefield 1781-1782" - David Scriven

12th October - "History of Roe Head and Holly Bank School" - Frank Wright BEM

9th November - "History & Beliefs of Quakers" - John Williams

14th December - "Laura Annie Willson: Suffragette, Builder, Engineer" - Anne Kirker

11th January 2023 - "The Roots of Judy Woods" - Mary Twentyman

8th February - "The History of Dewsbury's Pioneers Co-operative Society" - Stuart Hartley

8th March - "A Play on Words by Eleanor Reynolds" - Phil Johnson & Mark Reynolds et al

For more information our contact details are

spenvalleyhistoricalsoc.chair@gmail.com

tel 0786 631 0162

or spenvalleyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

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5th June 2022 - Sarah Nattress is seekng images of Turnsteads once home to the Wadsworth family.

31st May 2022 - Obituary for Clifford Hirst updated.

13th May 2022 - Obituary for Percy Orman updated

20th April 2022 - Professor Calvin Schermerhorn of Arizona State University is seeking help with Jacob Green (b. 1813), a Black author, abolitionist, and formerly enslaved migrant who lived in Heckmondwike in 1864.

15th November 2021 - Luke Zillman is seeking information about his grandmother Kathleen Knapton who lived in Littletown.

15th November 2021 - Philip Johnson is seeking help in finding information about Eleanor Reynolds nee Shaw who was a local playwright who died in October 1966. We are pleased to announce that the grandson of Eleanor, who has kept copies of all her plays, has contacted the society and is now in contact with Philip.

12th December 2020 - Abby Weeks is seeking help in understanding the forced movement of Thomas Holdsworth and family from Hunsworth in 1789.

5th October 2020 - Barry Holdroyd is seeking information about Brickfield, Liversedge