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

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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

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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.






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