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

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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.

Church Green caters for household needs

Keighley News: Church Green caters for household needs

4:23pm Friday 25th April 2014

Essentially little seems to have changed in this view of Church Green, although the presence of trackless wires indicates that it cannot have been taken later than 1932.

Stockings with shoes next door

Keighley News: Stockings with shoes next door

4:22pm Friday 25th April 2014

On the Bridge Street side of the Church Green corner, seen here in the early 20th century, was J Crabtree’s Boot and Shoe Warehouse, with hosier Thomas Hobson on the Church Green side.

Horse powered deliveries

Keighley News: Horse powered deliveries

6:22pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Horses were a familiar means of transport until at least the mid-20th century.

Electric trams lacked charm of Star and co

Keighley News: Electric trams lacked charm of Star and co

6:21pm Thursday 17th April 2014

When Keighley Corporation’s horse-drawn trams were replaced by electricity in 1904, local postcard producer G Bannister commemorated their demise with this witty epitaph: “In Affectionate Remembrance of the Keighley Horse-Cars which succumbed to an Electric Shock, May 29, 1904. Gone But Not Forgotten.”

Horses served two masters in Keighley

Keighley News: Horses served two masters in Keighley

6:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The horses pulling this fire engine in a turn-of-the-century Gala procession may also have worked for Keighley Corporation Tram-ways which, by an arrangement with the Fire Brigade, could lend out five horses as and when required.

Day trippers enjoy reservoir

Keighley News: Day trippers enjoy reservoir

6:12pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Here is a sunny Edwardian day out at Ogden Reservoir, part of the Halifax Corporation waterworks near Cause-way Foot.

Simple pleasures of an Edwardian Easter

Keighley News: Simple pleasures of an Edwardian Easter

6:11pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Simple pleasures of a cold-looking Edwardian Easter!

Cricket maidens not bowled over

Keighley News: Cricket maidens not bowled over

6:08pm Thursday 10th April 2014

These members and friends of the Haworth Wesleyan Cricket Club were photographed during their annual outing in June of 1912.

Minister was war victim too

Keighley News: Minister was war victim too

11:55am Monday 7th April 2014

The Rev Edward Pringle, minister at the Devonshire Street Congregational Chapel from 1884, may have been a peripheral casualty of the Great War.

Wagons run on gas as the lights start to go out

Keighley News: Wagons run on gas as the lights start to go out

11:54am Monday 7th April 2014

Shortages were by no means confined to food and gradually Keighley acquired a pinched look.

Queue at the Co-op ...it’s margarine day

Keighley News: Queue at the Co-op ...it’s margarine day

11:52am Monday 7th April 2014

Food rationing was not introduced until comparatively late in the First World War, when scenes like this became a fact of life as German submarines proved effective against our shipping and food shortages developed.

Quebec Bridge resisted to last

Keighley News: Quebec Bridge resisted to last

12:50pm Friday 28th March 2014

Another victim of the Westgate slum clearance scheme was this legendary bit of old Keighley, Quebec Bridge over the North Beck, demolished in 1934.

Hovel home bites the dust

Keighley News: Hovel home bites the dust

9:00am Friday 28th March 2014

These properties at the bottom of Oakworth Road were being demolished in 1958 to prepare the site for the then “ultra-modern” Westgate flats.

Dusty spectators watch as Keighley’s landmark Corn Mill chimney finally falls

Keighley News: Dusty spectators watch as Keighley’s landmark Corn Mill chimney finally falls

9:48pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Part of an earlier clearance scheme, below was the moment when a notable Keighley landmark, the Corn Mill chimney at Damside, bit the dust in 1934.

Keighley soprano feted in Italy

Keighley News: Matilda Florella

1:30pm Thursday 20th March 2014

This was young prima donna Matilda Florella, in the role of Amina in Bellini’s opera ‘La Sonnambula’ at Novara in Italy in 1867, where an enthusiastic press admired “the strength of range, the perfect quality of tone, and the feeling with which she interprets music and drama”.

Ingrow pierrot troupe was inspired by vicar

Keighley News: Ingrow pierrot troupe

1:30pm Thursday 20th March 2014

The year 1923 saw the closure of an Ingrow Parish Church Men’s Institute, which had been opened in 1909 and offered such facilities as a large hall, a reading room, a games room and a billiard room equipped with the two tables seen here.

New Regent band all set to entertain

Keighley News: New Regent Dance Orchestra

1:30pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Yvonne and Graham Parker have sent this portrait of the New Regent Dance Orchestra, photographed about 1926 before a backdrop of East Riddlesden Hall.

‘Weapon Week’ a success

Keighley News: ‘Weapon Week’ a success

1:33pm Friday 14th March 2014

Keighley War Weapons Week – from November 30 to December 7, 1940 – featured a German Messerschmitt on view in the Town Hall Square, an open parachute in the Cavendish Street Air Cadet headquarters and this ‘Bombers and Bombs for Victory’ shop-window display.

Campaigners splash out to help buy submarines

Keighley News: Campaigners splash out to help buy submarines

1:32pm Friday 14th March 2014

The first week in March 1918 was a combined Business Men’s Week and Submarine Week, raising funds for Keighley’s contribution to the war effort.

Farmer charges to view war plane

Keighley News: Farmer charges to view war plane

1:30pm Friday 14th March 2014

This Army aeroplane, on a flight from Aldershot to Montrose, came casually down in a field at Many-wells Heights near Den-holme in October 1913, having run short of petrol.

Radio store’s staff are all set for firm's outing

Keighley News: The fleet of lorries belonging to Wall’s Shipping Ltd

1:11pm Thursday 6th March 2014

With every man wearing or carrying a raincoat or overcoat, staff of J S Ramsbottom and Co Ltd – ‘the Complete Electricians’ – line up outside their own Bow Street premises prior to an outing.

Made in Keighley: trip to China now looming

Keighley News: The fleet of lorries belonging to Wall’s Shipping Ltd

1:10pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Eileen Short – formerly of Keighley and now living at Muir-of-Ord near Inverness – has sent a cutting from her local paper describing how a demand for hand-made cloth like Harris Tweed has “secured incomes for crofters in the Western Isles”.

Rekindling sweet memories

Keighley News: Bottomley’s advert

1:10pm Thursday 6th March 2014

Older readers who remember when sweet shops displayed their wares in labelled glass jars will affectionately recall Keighley-made Bottomley’s Mint Rock and other delicacies.

View into town

Keighley News: View into town

11:51am Friday 28th February 2014

This may not be the most exciting of photographs, but a tranquil impression of the former traffic-free, tree-lined approach to Keighley along Skipton Road.

Marking generosity of wartime funds spirit

Keighley News: Marking generosity of wartime funds spirit

11:48am Friday 28th February 2014

Princess Mary – by then the Princess Royal – returned to Keighley on May 19, 1943, during fundraising Wings for Victory Week.

Princess Mary's visit was a thrill for town

Keighley News: Princess Mary's visit was a thrill for town

11:47am Friday 28th February 2014

Princess Mary – Viscountess Lascelles – on the left, inspects a Girl Guides guard of honour lining the drive of the Keighley and District Victoria Hospital on March 16, 1926.

Entertainment is highly elaborate

Keighley News: Entertainment is highly elaborate

4:01pm Friday 21st February 2014

This stage-full of make-believe characters typifies the home-made but elaborate entertainment popular between the wars.

‘Air of excitement’ at New Queen’s Theatre

Keighley News: ‘Air of excitement’ at New Queen’s Theatre

4:09pm Friday 21st February 2014

This was Keighley’s New Queen’s Theatre – built in 1900 on the site of a five-story American-style wooden predecessor – photographed during preparations for the bus station offices of 1940.

Wrestling match melodrama

4:08pm Friday 21st February 2014

Melodrama formed a large slice of the theatre’s earlier repertoire.

Keighley is doubly fortunate

Keighley News: Keighley is doubly fortunate

4:44pm Friday 14th February 2014

Judging by the Victorian exuberance of the building, still elaborate with towers, turrets and pinnacles, this was Cliffe Castle shortly after being presented to the town in 1949 by Sir Bracewell Smith, a former Keighley teacher turned London property entrepreneur.

Massive proportions of ‘Italian-style’ residence

Keighley News: Massive proportions of ‘Italian-style’ residence

4:42pm Friday 14th February 2014

Malsis Hall at Glusburn, seen here as a private residence, was one of several great local houses from the mid-Victorian era.

Palatial pad was razed to ground

Keighley News: Palatial pad was razed to ground

4:39pm Friday 14th February 2014

Sutton Hall was built in the 1890s by John William Hartley, the reclusive bachelor owner of Greenroyd Mills.

A sign of the Victorian times

Keighley News: A sign of the Victorian times

6:15pm Thursday 6th February 2014

St Peter’s Church – formed appropriately on St Peter’s Day in 1872 – was one of several later Victorian measures “to provide for the spiritual wants of the large and increasing population of the Parish of Keighley”, notably in a growing suburbia.

Village had wood and zinc place of worship

Keighley News: Village had wood and zinc place of worship

6:13pm Thursday 6th February 2014

This was the modest ‘iron’ predecessor of St James’s Church at Cross Roads, described on its opening in 1887 as having an interior of wood “carefully protected on the outside with zinc”.

Church tried to raise spirits

Keighley News: Church tried to raise spirits

6:12pm Thursday 6th February 2014

Built on a site given by the Duke of Devon-shire, Holy Trinity Church was also consecrated in 1882 – seven months after St Peter’s (see below) – to minister to the spiritual needs of the growing Lawkholme district.

Drummer boy’s tragic death

Keighley News: Drummer boy’s tragic death

11:36am Friday 31st January 2014

This Keighley drummer-boy’s musical father christened him Elvey Dewhirst, after Sir George Elvey, a Victorian composer of hymns and oratorios.

Mr Keighley was true gentleman to visitors

Keighley News: Mr Keighley was true gentleman to visitors

11:35am Friday 31st January 2014

Alex Keighley, owner of 17th century Steeton High Hall, stands on the right of a group of musicians who entertained visitors at one of his 1930s Open Garden Sundays.

Distinguished school guest

Keighley News: Distinguished school guest

11:33am Friday 31st January 2014

In October, 1943, 32-year-old Pilot-Officer Arthur Feeley of Keighley was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after navigating on “a large number of operational sorties, attacking many of the enemy’s most heavily defended targets in Germany”.

Keighley Amateurs' good eggs stage cracking panto!

Keighley News: Panto principals Fiona Spencer, above left, and Brogan Hollindrake, above right, with Dame Steve Clark

1:21pm Friday 24th January 2014

A cracking new family pantomime is promised by Keighley Amateurs as they present Mother Goose for the first time.

John roles along with it all

Keighley News: John roles along with it all

1:06pm Friday 24th January 2014

One of the many personalities who formed the backbone of amateur dramatics in Keighley for decades, this was John W Pickles, who died aged 74 in 1958.






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