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From Barrie Lord
Town: Sydney
Country: Australia
24th December 2002

Merry Christmas and a great 2003 to all in the "Valley'. I am still working as a comedian and fly to Tahiti Christmas Day and work on the 'Legends of The sea' for a couple of shows then back. Then off on another ship Crown Odyssey for 2 weeks up to Cairns.

Never thought I would be doing this for a living when I lived in the Valley!!!

Best wishes Fran love the shots of the snow whilst I"m sweating away.

Keep smiling...Barrie and Sybil Lord.

From Christine Bampton-Smith
Town: Mytholmroyd
Country: England
23rd December 2002

Christine Bampton-Smith, Jane Brown and Peter Coles, your Luddendenfoot Councillors, wish all visitors to the site a peaceful and joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year.

If you have any Council related problems over the Christmas Holiday do not hesitate to contact us.

From Roy Stockdill
Town: Watford, Herts
Country: England

Someone drew my attention to the Halifax Courier's website, Halifax Today, which today (December 18th) carries a story about the Royal Oak, my former home, being turned into apartments - great news and I think I shall put my name down for one!

It would make a nice weekend retreat and it would be fun to live in my old home (especially the pub's stable where my mates and I used to change to play football on the rec opposite).

My thanks to Frances for updating my feature "Memories of Mytholmroyd" with the photos I sent her.

From Vicki Willson
Town: Ballina, NSW
Country: Australia
Monday 9th December 2002

I wonder if anybody could help me trace family relatives?

My Grandfather, Albert Sutliffe, lived in Mytholmroyd opposite the Caldene Clothing Company. He was married to Emma Sutcliffe, who later separated from him and went to live at Box House in Luddenden.

My Grandfather was a carpenter and also the funeral undertaker. I think the family originally hailed from Hebden Bridge. As a child I remember hearing that our surname should have been Halliwell/Hellowell but somebody was born "on the wrong side of the sheets" (illegitimate), so to avoid family shame they took the father's middle name "Sutcliffe". I don't know how much of it is true but its a good story! His older brother was called Arthur, and his sister was Beatrice. I think there might have been another brother called Frank.

My father, Peter Sutcliffe d.o.b 7/12/41, and his brother John, were both born and raised in Mytholmroyd, but later left when they went to University.

I have very happy memories spending a lot of my childhood in Mytholmroyd and Luddenden. What a beautiful part of the world. I now live in Australia, and have 3 children of my own. I would love to find out more about my family.

What a great website!

From Nigel Lloyd
Wednesday, November 6, 2002

If anyone out there is interested I have created a screensaver for Mytholmroyd using some of the old photo's from this site you can download it from my site at this address :

You will need to have winzip installed to use it.

Enjoy. Nigel

From Alison Butterworth
Darlington, Durham
Friday, November 8, 2002

A very interesting web site. I was born in St Michaels Vicaridge in Mytholmroyd, I believe it is now the old Vicarage. My dad Rod Butterworth was the vicar for i don't know how many years. We left when i was just 5 years old. I would love to know about the old vicarage as i have very little memory of it.

I do however, remember getting dressed up for the Gala days and mum and dad have kept the old scrap book from those good old days!!

From Roy Stockdill
Watford, Herts
Wednesday, November 6, 2002

I visit this splendid site now and then to keep in touch with Mytholmroyd. Those who have read my feature "Memories of Mytholmroyd" will know that my parents, Leonard and Molly Stockdill, were popular mine hosts at the former Royal Oak in the 1950s when it was a thriving pub. I did supply some pictures of my Mum and Dad behind the bar quite some time ago, but they don't seem to have appeared yet. Never mind, perhaps eventually...

I just wondered if some kind person would keep me up to date on the long-running Royal Oak saga, as every time I have revisited Mytholmroyd in recent years I have been deeply depressed to see the terrible state of the building. I am naturally delighted to hear about the English Heritage grant to smarten up the village, and I do hope that 'ere too much longer the "Oak" will no longer be the eyesore it has been these many years. My Mum and Dad would have been heartbroken to see it in such a state, since they loved their 8 years in Mytholmroyd, running what was once a fine village "local".

I am currently trying to trace the history of the Royal Oak, via census returns and trade directories etc. The earliest mention I have so far found of it is an entry in the celebrated Baines' Directory of the County of York 1822, when the landlord was one Henry Patchett. If anyone has anything to conribute, I would be pleased to hear from them.

Best wishes to everyone in Mytholmroyd.

From Molly Sunderland
Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Thanks, Fay, for keeping us all informed as to what is happening in Mytholmroyd - we all appreciate your continued interest in relaying what is happening in our village. Great site - keep up the good work!

From Guy Marriage
Monday, October 14, 2002
Wellington, New Zealand

I found myself passing through this little town on the railway in the weekend, and was staggered at it's strange name - no one here had heard of it (or how to pronounce it). I'm delighted to find you have a web site that explains many things about the place (i'm shocked to hear you have traffic chaos and saddened to see the demolition of the last of the Pickles) but am still none the wiser about the name.

From Pat Sutcliffe
Friday, August 23, 2002
Caher, Ireland

Hi, I am ex-Calder High School and my father's side of the family are from Mytholmroyd.

Can anyone give me any information on Abraham and Annie Hellowell of Wagon Farm, Soyland? They lived there in the 1890's and possibly still in the early 1900's. I am not sure what year either of them died, but as they were my great grandparents I would appreciate any information about them. Abraham was known locally as 'Ab o't'Wagon'.

In the very early 1900's there was a man with the unusual name of Athelbert Dewhirst who worked at 'Dawson City'. Has anyone heard stories about him?

From Shakeel Ahmed
Wednesday, July 24, 2002

I spent over a year in Mytholmroyd working for Sweet & Maxwell (Hall Bank Lane) as an Editor. Mytholmroyd is certainly alot different to Birmingham and I have some pleasant memories of its picturesque surroundings.

From Julie Ibbotson
Saturday, May 25, 2002
Auckland, New Zealand

ee up all you Ibbotsons, Get ya dancing shoes on. I'll be up to see you this year for a knees up and a pint downt pub

... and maybe a couple of ponies!

From Margaret Graham (previously Butler)
Saturday, May 18, 2002
Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland

It is many a long year since I visited my in-laws in Mytholmroyd but it was through these visits that I fell in love with the place, surrounding areas and its people. My husband (we eventually divorced) was brought up by the Davison family in Mytholmroyd - Major Frank Davison, his wife Anne and children Bessie, Anne, Frank and John. Sadly, my ex husband recently passed on, and my daughter was told by his wife that Bessie had attended his funeral in South Queensferry. I did not remain in contact with the family as I felt that since "Paddy" remarried they may feel compromised or embarrassed by my presence. However, I have never forgotten them and think of them often and wonder how they are all getting on. They were so kind to me, treating me as one of the family. I still visit Yorkshire occassionally and I wonder if anyone on this site knows of the family and how they are. I more certainly do not want to impose on them, but I would dearly love to hear if anyone knows them and how they are.

From Domonic Mann & Charles Williams
Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Hello everyone, We are in the process of arranging a twentieth anniversary School re-union for people who attended Calder High between the years of 1978-1983.Anyone interested in attending please .
Dom & Chas

From Nigel
Tuesday, April 23, 2002

I do not claim to be fully literate as I am constantly learning this language of ours, but surely the word for the town council is HALF-WITS not halfwits. Unlike others I am not trying to be pedantic. But if I were pulling people to bits I would get all my facts correct first. Oh and by the way I know I have not used correct grammar in this missive but then again I do not claim to be perfect.... Do I.

From Molly Sunderland
Saturday, April 20, 2002

After reading the message from R.Sinclair about the Ted Hughes sign at Fallingroyd I decided to check my own Oxford Dictionary - guess what - it actually gives birthplace as "birth-place" complete with hyphen!!!!

R Sinclair,
Saturday, April 20, 2002

We are right to celebrate Hebden Royds connection with the great huntsman, fisherman, and Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, but I fear that he will be turning in his grave.

Squandering money on a monument to the memory of a man who eschewed celebrity and publicity is defensible, but for it to contain a spelling mistake is inexcusable.

The fact that the word birth-place does not exist in the English language may be of no importance to those who decided to invent it, but I object strongly to having my children subjected to this illiteracy.

When Hebden Royd Town Council decided waste taxpayers money on renaming the canal basin a marina we all laughed at this ludicrous decision by the halfwits in power who either had no idea of the meaning of the word or did not realise that Hebden Bridge is nearly forty miles from the sea. Now that a hyphen has been placed in the word birthplace on Ted Hughes memorial we should pity those to blame.

Perhaps we should present each member of the committee responsible for this travesty with a dictionary on his or her next birth-day (sic)?

In 1954 Hughes graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge, with a degree in English and anthropology. Now his birthplace remembers him illiterately.

Is it any wonder that he spent so few of his sixty-eight years living in Hebden Royd?

Chris Wadsworth,
Empi, Spain
Saturday, April 20, 2002

Hi Royders
I would to congratulate you on a wonderful site, we recently moved to Spain and really enjoyed the views of Mytholmroyd (a little home sick i think) We moved from Todmorden to Mytholmroyd in 1988, when we bought, although we didnt know at the time, Ted Hughes's birthplace.

We Had a great time there, we got married and had 3 kids there before moving onto Caldene Ave, We love the area and the people of Mytholmroyd, we cant wait to return and love the new welcome to Mytholmroyd sign, near Walkleys
Take care, love the Waddies
P.S Ben says hello to Mrs Brooks (Nursery teacher)

Frances Robinson,
Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Copy Typing work available. Copy typing work - this week and next only - commencing 8.4.2002 If interested please e-mail me with previous experience, address and contact telephone number. You will need to be able to get to me in Word or Wordperfect via e-mail or disk throughout the week as sections are completed. Good rates. Mytholmroyd centre.

From Rob Freeth
Thursday, April 4, 2002
Kampala, Uganda

Greetings to all those in Mytholmroyd who remember Helen and I. Although long term Mytholmroyders, with a home in the village for the past 20 years, we have a history of globe trotting and are currently living in Kamapala, Uganda where I am Headteacher of Kabira International School.

Does anyone have any information on proposed work on the old tip below Scout Rocks? We had heard rumour that money was being made available to remove the asbestos buried there and stabilise the land slippage. However, we have been unable to find information to confirm this and so any communication on this matter would be welcome, even if it is only to tell us "nothing is happening".

From Nigel Lloyd
Thursday, April 4, 2002

What fantastic news about the award from English Heritage. This could be the start of something big for our village. I`m really looking forward to the Royal Oak being looked at, and also the proposed Ted Hughes centre. What with all those and the new Health centre (when it eventualy gets started) Mytholmroyd could really begin to blossom.

From Christine Bampton-Smith
Liberal Democrat Councillor
Tuesday, April 2, 2002
Crime in Mytholmroyd

The awful robbery at the Co-op, first reported by, is just another in a long line of incidents to affect our village in the last few weeks. The community Centre has had a spate of incidents and Jacksons window and the Memorial Statue have been damaged.

We all want to see the return of police on the beat - but this is not likely to happen and even if Hebden Royd Town Council paid for a policeman at a cost of at least 30,000pa, there would be no guarantee that all that officers time would be spent in the area. West Yorkshire police would have first call and that could mean dealing with incidents completely away from the area.

Lets hope that the CCTV system funded by Hebden Royd and the Home Office is completed soon. It will be a vital second best.

From Tim Schumacher
Warstein - Allagen, Germany
Friday, March 22, 2002

I have been on a exchange to Hebdenbridge two days ago. It was a very nice Trip and I will come back next year. I want to greet Joe, Rhyse, Charlotte, Matty, Jane (Fish) and everybody who was nice to me.

From Louise Vernall
Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Hello everyone,

I am researching into my family tree and have discovered a branch of the family from Mytholmroyd, and wonder if anyone has any information about them.

My gt gt grandfather was John Ashton and although I don't know where he came from ( born around 1825 ) he married Emma Horrocks and had a number of children in your town.

Their names were Ellen born 1854
Charles born 1855
Harriet born 1857
Annie born 1859

The family moved on to Oldham soon after the birth of Annie.

I would be very grateful of any information. Thank you,

From Josef-Thomas Goeller
Thursday, February 14, 2002
Washington, DC,
USA and Germany

Through Father John Gott's web site of his Good Shepherd Church in Mytholmroyd, I found the links to the Mytholroyd Net - and I am deeply impressed. I know the area since 1977 and fell in love with it, of course! It is so wonderful that I can see pictures of my beloved West Yorkshire area just as if I would be there - well, almost. Please, continue running this site. I am one of your fans!

Josef-Thomas Goeller, a German who lives in Washington, USA.

From Colin Nightingale
Thursday, January 24, 2002
Brisbane, Australia

What a terrific find this site is!. I was born in Halifax in 1952 and lived in Mytholmroyd from then until about 1980. In 1988 I migrated to OZ with my wife and two sons. I feel quite emotional seeing the photo's of Royd, plus reading some of the comments from the email. I haven't been back in 14 years, but after seeing this site it's become a priority.

From Brian Marsden
Sunday, January 13, 2002
Hebden Bridge (Mytholmroyd)

Does anyone have any old pictures prior to 1967 or know anything about the area now known as Hullet Close / Drive? I have lived in Mytholmroyd since 1955 but cannot remember much about this area.

From Peter Jeans
Wednesday, January 9, 2002
Bindoon, Western Australia

I am wondering if any readers can help me locate the whereabouts of Frank McAdam, a Scots friend of mine whom I knew in Penang in the early 1960s. Frank worked in McAlister Shipping at the time. In 1990 he was living in Pitlochry, Perthshire, but is now thought to be located in Spain after having spent some years in Hong Kong. There are three grown-up children, but their whereabouts is also unknown. Frank would be in his sixties now, and he still owes me a beer.

From John Mcleod
Wednesday, January 9, 2002
Maroochydore, Australia

Through your guest book I have been in touch with a few of my old mates from the 1950's like Peter Murtagh in Canada, Ian Ackroyd and Pugsy Wilson also in Canada along with John Reeves in U.S.A.

Raymond Ward in England and Albert Gawn, all from the Luddenden Foot and Barwood area any one else out there?, I know all of us are in our sixties now but even if they are deceased surely they have family.

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