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Story of Silsden is revealed on board
10:20am Thursday 26th December 2013 in Keighley
The story of Silsden is outlined on a new information board in the town’s Wesley Place Gardens.
The oak-framed guide portrays the town’s history, geography and nature through text and pictures.
It was unveiled during a ceremony attended by civic representatives, children from Hothfield Junior School and Silsden Local History Group members.
The board was partly financed through the group’s fundraising efforts, including coffee mornings and entrance fees to its monthly meetings.
This was boosted by a £1,000 grant from Councillor Andrew Mallinson, who represents Craven ward on Bradford Council.
The Local History Group organised the board after receiving requests from both newcomers and people who were Silsden born and bred for more information about the town’s history.
The board states Silsden is surrounded by countryside of “considerable colour and charm”.
It reveals Silsden owes its name to an Anglo-Saxon farmer called Sighle, who lived in about 500 AD. In the Doomsday book of 1086, Sighlesden was recorded as the most important village in Craven, ruled by five knights.
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