Local Interest/History Books
Location: Central Mytholmroyd. Many of these books are out of print and hard to find. For more information or to buy - E-mail me click here The price of individual books is negotiable to a small extent. Postage is extra. You are welcome to "see before you buy" if you live in the vicinity of Mytholmroyd.
Pennine Valley; a History of Upper Calderdale, Hebden Bridge WEA Local History Group edited by Bernard Jennings. Published by Smith Settle, Otley. The authors Geoffrey Binns, Leslie Goldthorp, Lawrence Greenwood, Lillian Greenwood, Fred Helliwell, Freda Heywood, Malcolm Heywood, Bernard Jennings (editor), Colin Spencer, Bella Travis, Sheila Wade and Edward Watson, being WEA members drawn from the area between Todmorden and Halifax from 1966 to 1974 meeting in Hebden Bridge. Illustrated b/w and colour with 100 photgraphs/drawings and specially drawn maps. Very good condition. Two light creases to spine.£12.00
It were no laughing matter. 'The Way We Were' Calderdale 1930-1945. Calderdale Voices, edited by Joan Thornton and Linda McGillivray. Yorkshire Art Circus 1987. Compiled from the memories of 188 people. Millwork and mining, weddings and warwork, family life and the forces, clippies and cat's-eyes and rationing and rat's tails all feature in this collection of memories about life in and around the Calder Valley between 1930 and 1945. Only used copies left at £8.00 Click here to see all the contributors to this book. If you don't find a relative, I'm sure you will find someone you know and recognize.
The History of Hebden Bridge, Colin Spencer, Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society 1991. This is a first edition in very good condition. It's the history of the town of Hebden Bridge. It details early history, transport and communications, religion, social development and industry. It is illustrated with sketches and Photographs. Difficult to get hold of now but anyone living in Hebden Bridge and surrounds will find it interesting reading.
The author, Mr Colin Spencer, died aged 89 and will be remembered as a notable historian, author, teacher and headmaster, whose legacy to the Upper Calder Valley lives on.
His knowledge of his adopted town was vast: for 33 years he was president of the Local History Section of Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society, contributing numerous writings and lectures, his energy and dedication playing a large part in the society's success.
Highly regarded for the academic research he undertook, which culminated in a book, The History of Hebden Bridge, published in 1995, Mr Spencer also provided the text for a best-selling book produced to mark the new Millennium, A Century of Change, as well as numerous booklets and pamphlets...Source: A Tribute to Colin Spencer Milltown Memories issue 5 Out of print and fairly difficult to get hold of. Good clean copy £11.00
I haven't unpacked, William Holt - Billy Holt was born during the 1890s and was working in the mills at the age of 12. He was largely self educated and the product of a typical northern working class, non-conformist background, his father being an itinerant fiddle player who played folk music and also for a Wesleyan chapel choir. Holt fought in the First World War and was one of the few ordinary soldiers from a working class background to be chosen for officer training. More about William Holt is featured in an online article by Roy Stockdill who remembers Billy Holt tying his horse, Trigger, up at his parents' pub - The Royal Oak in Mytholmroyd. The link is here: Billy Holt - Hebden Bridge website feature. Rare book £27.50