Trip on the briny deep at East Morton for convalescing soldiers

Keighley News: Memory Lane (11558842)

12:47pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE GROUNDS of the Keighley War Hospital at Morton Banks adjoined the Leeds and Liverpool Canal which, by the addition of a boathouse and landing stage, became the scene of morale-boosting regattas.

James and Martha Smith transports soldier 220 miles from Keighley area

Keighley News: The James and Martha Smith

12:47pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

NAMED “The James and Martha Smith” after its donors, this Great War ambulance and its driver, a member of the Keighley National Motor Volunteers, made what at the time was considered an epic journey on March 10, 1918.

Keighley-bound soldiers are "delighted to be in Blighty"

Keighley News: One of the ambulances that transported wounded soldiers in Keighley

12:47pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THIS WAS one of the motor ambulances which served in the Keighley War Hospital and its Auxiliaries between 1916 and 1919.

Knowle Park cricketers' panto captured by Keighley News photographer

Keighley News: Knowle Park Congregational Cricket Club pantomime, The Magic Sandals

10:11am Thursday 16th October 2014

MORE homely 1950s entertainment was provided by the Knowle Park Congregational Cricket Club’s annual pantomimes, for which the cricketers enlisted the motley help of the neighbouring public.

Wild West comes to Marsh

Keighley News: Marsh Methodists perform “T’Owd Maids Goas West”

10:11am Thursday 16th October 2014

IN 1952 the Marsh Methodists followed up their winning formula with “T’Owd Maids Goas West” in five acts, with the same writer and producer, the same four ladies in the title roles, and again scenery by Joseph Pighills.

Marsh Methodist Chapel members turn on the style

Keighley News: Marsh Methodist Chapel members turn on the style

10:11am Thursday 16th October 2014

NOWHERE better illustrates our former homely entertainments, community involvement and fun, than Marsh Methodist Chapel after the war. Here is part of the cast of their “T’Owd Maids Goas on a Mediterranean Cruise” in March, 1951.

Slum clearance at Westgate, Keighley

Keighley News: View up the North Beck during the Westgate slum clearance scheme of the mid-1930s

1:17pm Thursday 9th October 2014

SPRINGFIELD Mill, at the bottom of Oakworth Road, provides the only modern point of reference for this view up the North Beck during the Westgate slum clearance scheme of the mid-1930s. The chimney beyond on the right belonged to Becks Mill.

Stockbridge scene which would change dramatically

Keighley News: The River Aire at Stockbridge a century or more ago

1:17pm Thursday 9th October 2014

AN ivy-clad house, a double-arched stone bridge over a rustic-looking river, and two young boys poking about at the water’s edge – this was Stockbridge a century or more ago. The bridge over the River Aire, carrying “a great and common high road leading between Lancashire and Yorkshire”, had been built in 1671 and widened in 1754.

Reminder of Keighley's housing spread

Keighley News: The view from Wheathead Lane in the 1930s

1:16pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THIS view from Wheathead Lane in the 1930s is a reminder of how far Keighley’s residential suburbs have spread in the last 80 years – to stand at this point now is to be surrounded by houses with their attendant gardens, garages and parked cars.

Keighley's wartime fundraising exceeds target

Keighley News: Highlight of special wartime fundraising weeks was the daily marking of a Town Hall Square indicator

10:53am Thursday 2nd October 2014

HIGHLIGHT of special wartime fundraising weeks was the daily marking of a Town Hall Square indicator showing how much the town was contributing.

Keighley Girls’ Training Corps on parade

Keighley News: Keighley Girls’ Training Corps on parade

10:53am Thursday 2nd October 2014

THESE members of the Keighley Girls’ Training Corps, seen here parading in Lord Street, provided a guard of honour during Wings for Victory Week in 1943 when Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal marked a fundraising indicator in Town Hall Square.

Haworth Guides provide 100 trees at reservoir

Keighley News: The tree planting at Sladen Valley Reservoir

10:52am Thursday 2nd October 2014

IN 1943 the 1st Haworth Guide Company, inspired by an appeal in The Guide magazine, raised the wherewithal for 100 sycamore trees which they handed over to Keighley Corporation.

Former landmark made way for Keighley shopping centre

Keighley News: With its name spelt our boldly down its length, the Co-op Dairy chimney used to be a landmark in Hanover Street

11:08am Thursday 25th September 2014

WITH its name spelt our boldly down its length, the Co-op Dairy chimney used to be a landmark in Hanover Street. It was demolished during construction of the Airedale Centre in the 1960s.

Veteran members of the Keighley Industrial Co-operative Society

Keighley News: Veteran members of the Keighley Industrial Co-operative Society

11:05am Thursday 25th September 2014

LOOKING every inch like the “aged” folk they were unselfconsciously called in 1929, these veteran members of the Keighley Industrial Co-operative Society ranged from 76 to 86 years old.

Co-op opens Broomhill branch

Keighley News: The Co-op Broomhill branch

11:05am Thursday 25th September 2014

THE Broomhill branch of the Keighley Industrial Co-operative Society Ltd is seen here soon after its official opening on Co-operators’ Day, July 7, 1928. Broomhill Avenue has not yet been made up.

Thousands gather in Keighley for royal proclamation

Keighley News: Thousands gather for royal proclamation

5:59pm Thursday 18th September 2014

SEVERAL thousands gathered in and around the Town Hall Square on May 10, 1910, to watch the official Proclamation of King George V.

Haworth marks the king's proclamation

Keighley News: Crowds gather in Haworth for the king's proclamation

5:57pm Thursday 18th September 2014

HAWORTH’S Proclamation ceremony came ten days later than Keighley’s, following a memorial service at the parish church. Here chairman of the District Council J Ackroyd reads from the church steps.

Keighley's first royal visit

Keighley News: Keighley's first royal visit

5:56pm Thursday 18th September 2014

KEIGHLEY was honoured with its first royal visit on May 29, 1918, when King George V and Queen Mary, showing the flag for the war effort, spent an hour in the town.

Lady parachutist died at Haworth Gala

Keighley News: Lily Cove and her employer, Captain Bidmead

11:47am Thursday 11th September 2014

THIS postcard of 1906 commemorates the death at Haworth Gala of lady parachutist Lily Cove, who could be regarded alternatively either as being exploited or as an early liberated young woman.

Print evokes Oakworth society's Edwardian flavour

Keighley News: A gathering in the garden of Wildfell, Oakworth

11:47am Thursday 11th September 2014

THE lady seated third from the left in the garden of her home at Wildfell, Oakworth, was Miss Sarah E Cockshott.

Munitions workers turn on the style

Keighley News: Munitions workers strike up a pose for a musical comedy chorus-line

11:45am Thursday 11th September 2014

THESE six feisty young ladies, showing off their munitions workers’ uniforms, have struck up the pose of a musical comedy chorus-line in Bruce Johnston’s photographic studio.

Who is this busker with his gramophone on wheels?

Keighley News: Memory Lane (9737090)

11:37am Thursday 4th September 2014

SOME 40 years ago when given this photograph, I was told that it showed “John Thomas” Bradley, a local busker with a gramophone on wheels. When subsequently published, however, old-timers with long memories were adamant that this was not John Thomas.

Strange goings-on with turn-of-the-century Keighley filmmaker Fred Simpson

Keighley News: Memory Lane (9737079)

11:37am Thursday 4th September 2014

HERE ARE some strange goings-on in a still from a fragment of early cinematographic film, as homely characters amuse bystanders in an ordinary street. Just possibly make could lie with local entrepreneur Fred Simpson.

Mystery of the Steeton horse boys

Keighley News: Memory Lane (9737073)

11:37am Thursday 4th September 2014

SOME old photographs include mysteries, and there is a case in point. It shows the Goat’s Head Inn at Steeton, 100 or more years ago.

Family rakes in last of its hay

Keighley News: A family rakes in the last of its hay

12:11pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THIS casual snapshot illustrates the labour-intensive nature of old-fashioned farming as a family rakes the last of their hay at Cackleshaw Farm, Oakworth, in the 1930s.

An Edwardian view of a lesser-known side of Haworth

Keighley News: An Edwardian view of a lesser-known side of Haworth

9:10am Thursday 28th August 2014

THIS Edwardian view of a lesser-known side of Haworth is not really identifiable nowadays because trees have since grown over the hills on the right, while more recent housing has filled in the area between the terraces on the left.

High summer in a bygone age

Keighley News: High summer in Airedale in 1951

9:09am Thursday 28th August 2014

THIS was high summer in Airedale in 1951, still a bygone age. The little boy was Michael Shearing, who lived in Silver Grove at Utley and whose Auntie Dorothy took the snap over a wall-top.

Old Three Laps spends 49 years laid in his bed in Laycock

Keighley News: Laycock's famous Old Three Laps

9:03am Thursday 21st August 2014

IT is safe to assume that no photograph exists of Laycock's famous lie-abed Old Three Laps – who died in 1856 after spending 49 years between the sheets – but this near-contemporary print gives a graphic idea of his appearance.

First rolling stone in Keighley!

Keighley News: A well-known local landmark from over a century ago, "t'Owd Gentleman's Grave" down the hillside below Oldfield

9:02am Thursday 21st August 2014

PHOTOGRAPHED more than a century ago when it was a well-known local landmark, this was "t'Owd Gentleman's Grave" down the hillside below Oldfield.

Wife-rocking cradle of Keighley Hen-Pecked Club

Keighley News: THE wife-rocking cradle of the Keighley Hen-Pecked Club

9:02am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE wife-rocking cradle of the Keighley Hen-Pecked Club, now in Cliffe Castle, is seen here outside the older museum in Victoria Park.

Clerk from Keighley killed a month before war ended

Keighley News: (8602233)

12:36pm Friday 15th August 2014

A 20-year-old clerk from Keighley is one of the thousands of British troops who died in the First World War who has no known resting place.

Band was a local institution

Keighley News: Haworth Public Prize Band

1:06pm Thursday 14th August 2014

THE Haworth Public Prize Band in its heyday was a local institution, tracing its history back to the mid-1800s and winning innumerable competitions.

Keighley orchestra attracted big names

Keighley News: The string section of the Keighley and District Orchestral Society, photographed in the 1930s

1:06pm Thursday 14th August 2014

THIS was the string section of the Keighley and District Orchestral Society, photographed in the 1930s. Fourth from the left in the second row back sits leader Arthur Lloyd, who had played first violin since the orchestra's formation and had conducted for some years after the death of founder-conductor JB Summerscales in 1923. Fifth from the left on the same row is George Firth, conductor from 1931 to 1942.

Boy was destined for musical career

Keighley News: Elvey was destined for a musical career

1:06pm Thursday 14th August 2014

THE choirmaster father of the boy with the drum had christened him Elvey, after Sir George Elvey, a Victorian composer of hymns and oratorios, so he was obviously destined for a musical career.

Snapshot of days gone by

Keighley News: Trippers are photographed strolling along a pier in the 1930s

6:13pm Thursday 7th August 2014

BEFORE the advent of easy universal photography, many trippers were recorded in highly informal views like this. Enterprising photographers at busy seaside locations would snap unsuspecting passers by, hoping to sell them prints.

A boat trip on Windermere

Keighley News: Employees of Driver Brothers in Silsden enjoy a boat trip at Windermere

6:14am Thursday 7th August 2014

THIS frankly overcrowded boat (only four lifebelts are visible) is on Windermere in July of 1919. It has embarked 180 employees of Messrs Driver Brothers of North Street Mills, Silsden, who were combining that month's peace celebrations with the firm's coming of age by treating everybody to a day out.

Silsden OAPs enjoy trip out

Keighley News: Silsden OAPs enjoy a trip out

6:13am Thursday 7th August 2014

THIS was the scene in Elliott Street, on a June morning in 1954, before the start of the third annual summer trip organised by the Silsden Old-Age Pensioners' Association.

'Wonderful horsemen' entertain Keighley crowds

Keighley News: The Russian Tartar horsemen

6:15pm Thursday 31st July 2014

THIS snapshot by the late Herbert Auty of Keighley captures a local event which, due to wartime shortages and a preoccupation at the time with a general election, seems to have passed almost unrecorded.

Preacher among stars at Oxenhope cricket club

Keighley News: Members and players at Oxenhope Wesleyan Cricket Club

6:15pm Thursday 31st July 2014

MEMBERS and players pose before the well-appointed pavilion of Oxenhope Wesleyan Cricket Club, complete with flag, a century or so ago.

Greyhound stadium attracted some of the best dogs in the country

Keighley News: A vehicle which belonged to the Parkwood Greyhound Stadium

6:15pm Thursday 31st July 2014

THIS vehicle belonging to the Parkwood Greyhound Stadium is a reminder of the time when Keighley possessed “one of the fastest racing tracks in the North of England”.

War memorial dedication

Keighley News: War memorial dedication

3:09pm Friday 16th May 2014

It is safe to assume many of the boys who listened to those Empire Day addresses were willy-nilly destined to uphold their ideals of service and duty all the way to the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Empire is halted... by celebration downpour

Keighley News: Empire is halted... by celebration downpour

3:07pm Friday 16th May 2014

This was what the Keighley News of the time called a ‘striking scene’ on the Town Hall Square, when upwards of 5,000 Keighley schoolchildren celebrated Empire Day in 1909 – a day later than originally planned because of rain!

Tradition of the Maypole

Keighley News: Tradition of the Maypole

3:06pm Friday 16th May 2014

Children of Worth Village Primary School prepare to dance round a maypole about 1940.

Organist was TV star’s uncle

Keighley News: Organist was TV star’s uncle

11:28am Monday 12th May 2014

Epitomising those musicians who for generations upheld a lively local tradition, the late George S Sugden – uncle of Keighley’s stage and television star, the late Mollie Sugden – sits at the organ of the former Upper Green Congregational Chapel.

Sunday school teas were social highlights

Keighley News: Sunday school teas were social highlights

11:26am Monday 12th May 2014

The Edwardian tranquillity of a Worth Valley Sunday, together with the immaculate turnout of its churchgoing young men, is evoked in this view of Marsh Wesleyan Chapel, from an imaginative ‘art nouveau’ postcard produced by some enterprising local photographer or stationer.

Chapel is very far from Slack

Keighley News: Chapel is very far from Slack

11:23am Monday 12th May 2014

A surviving example of the district’s older places of worship, Slack Lane Baptist Chapel, near Oakworth, dates from 1819.

Town had a poet laureate

Keighley News: mem

3:06pm Sunday 4th May 2014

Self styled ‘The Yorkshire Burns’, William Wright (1836-1897) – better known colloquially as ill o’ th’Hoylus End – was Keighley’s unofficial poet laureate of the later Victorian era.

Author grateful for his education in Keighley

Keighley News: Author grateful for his education in Keighley

3:03pm Sunday 4th May 2014

The bearded gentleman in the centre of this group was the Keighley-born poet and playwright Gordon Bottomley.

Old Boys in high society

Keighley News: Old Boys in high society

3:01pm Sunday 4th May 2014

Sir Bracewell Smith, former Keighley science teacher turned hotelier who became Lord Mayor of London in 1946-1947, stands in tail coat with Lady Smith towards the right, talking to Old Keighlians at Mansion House.

Mayor polluted local beck

Keighley News: Mayor polluted local beck

4:25pm Friday 25th April 2014

The upper-storey activities of the cameraman have attracted the attention of everybody in Church Green, possibly as far back as the 1860s.






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