Around the Clubs

Hebden Bridge L.S.S. Local History Section gets 2003 off to a relaxing start on January 9 with a trip down Rochdale Canal, courtesy of Section librarian Diana Monahan.

In Trade to Tourism Diana takes a journey over the last 200 years showing the canal’s contribution to industry and now its attractions for visitors.

On the 23rd the subject matter returns to dry land with the Ralph Cross Memorial Lecture, given by Kathy Fishwick, which focuses on Medieval Houses 1500 to 1750.

Then it’s back to transport — this time trains — when Neil Croft relates the story of steam in The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway on February 13.

Ted Lewin takes a different slant on an old saying on February 27 in Rags to Rags in the Textile Industry.

Treats in store for March include a look at lead mining in Grassington and Boyhood Days with Ted Hughes, given by the man who can claim to know them best — the Poet Laureate’s childhood chum Donald Crossley. More details in the Spring issue of Milltown Memories, out at the beginning of March.

Local History Section lectures are held at Hope Baptist Church meeting room, Cheetham Street, Hebden Bridge. On-going projects the Section is currently tackling include identifying inscriptions at Heptonstall graveyard — now almost complete — and computerising both the Local History Section and Alice Longstaff Collection archives.

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From Milltown Memories, issue 2. If this or other stories stirs a memory, we'd be happy to know - send us your memories and comments.