Book maps out history of Haworth

Author Steven Wood with his new book and a selection of the maps and designs from it

One of the maps in the book

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Haworth historian Steven Wood has turned from photographs to maps for his latest book.

He has gathered almost 100 old maps revealing various aspects of the Haworth, Oxenhope and Stanbury areas. The paperback follows Steven’s two previous books for the same publisher, Amberley, containing 600 historic photographs of the villages.

Haworth, Oxenhope and Stanbury From Old Maps features informative maps dating from 1610 to 1937.

They range from Ordnance Survey and County maps to Board of Health plans, the Haworth tithe map and church, waterworks, railway and road plans.

The Haworth Village House Repopulation Plan is republished over several pages, showing the names of every family in every household in the village in 1856, including the Rev Patrick Brontë.

A spokesman for Amberley Publishing said the repopulation plan provided the most detailed view of the Haworth that the Brontës knew.

She added: “Between them, the maps and the accompanying text reveal many details of the history of Haworth and its neighbouring villages. They can also serve as a guide to the use of maps in local history studies.”

Mr Wood grew up in the Keighley area and has lived in Haworth for more than 20 years.

He spent his working life in hospital and university laboratories, and after retiring 17 years ago devoted himself to the study of the Haworth area. He carries out extensive walking and field work in the upper Worth Valley and has spent hundreds of hours of research in libraries and archive offices.

Steven leads regular historical walks in the area and gives talks about the Worth Valley’s history.

Haworth, Oxenhope and Stanbury From Old Maps costs £14.99 from Amberley Publishing, by contacting sales@amberley-books.com or calling 01453 847800.

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