Local History Books

MAGDALE AND STEPS by Alan J Brooke

Written by an author with a strong sense of attachment to the place, this work describes the evolution of the small community of Magdale near Honley from the days of the handloom weavers, through the industrial revolution to the heyday of textile manufacturing.

The lives of people from farm labourers to woollen manufacturers are depicted, sometimes in vivid detail, against the wider background of rapid social change, culminating in the tragedy of the First World War.

The book has 88 pages and is priced at £10.00. It can be purchased from Holme Valley News in Honley, Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre or direct from Honley Civic Society.

HOPE BANK PICTORIAL

An album of 42 pictures, both black and white and colour, many of which have been given to Honley Civic Society since the publication in 2002 of Hope Bank, Honley’s Pleasure Grounds.

Most of the pictures have not been seen for many years and depict the grounds as laid out by the owner, John Mellor.

Honley Civic Society has assembled the postcards and family snaps, which make up the book, into a pocket sized album, ideal as a gift. The book has 40 pages and is priced at £5.00. It can be purchased from Holme Valley News in Honley, Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre or direct from Honley Civic Society.

I REMEMBER…My 1920s Childhood in Honley

By Margaret M Lumb

The author was born Margaret Kinder, her father being Ben Kinder a representative for fine worsteds, with an office in Cloth Hall Street.

She recalls family life at home in Bradshaw Road in Honley and with the neighbours, the Oldfields who were also well-known in the village.

A short chapter on her father Ben Kinder is included since he was one of the founders of Honley Male Voice Choir

40 pages with 26 illustrations in colour and b&w. £5.00

HONLEY NATIONAL SCHOOL  1816 – 1952

Honley National School sits in the centre of the village and has played a central role in the life of generations of villagers. Although it is today an Infants’ school, the ‘Nash’, as many knew it, provided an education up to the age of 14 years.

Reliant on the research done by a late member of Honley Civic Society, Bob Etherington, the text has been enhanced with details of the staff and some of the pupils over the decades. One teacher toured the world in 1911 with the Sheffield Choir, while another was the brother-in-law of the inspiration for Elgar’s Nimrod.

Tales of the day-to-day life of the school are recounted along with interesting insights into the way we lived long ago.

72pp with over 60 illustrations, A5 format, £8.50

A History of Honley Band

A HISTORY OF HONLEY BAND

Covering the highs and lows in the fortunes of Honley’s own band, this book reveals it went from being national Brass Band champions in the 1880s to the present day Silver Band and its quest for the top.
40pp + card covers, 50 illustrations, many in colour. £4.00

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HONLEY BRIDGE AND NEWTOWN
This 40-page history of one of the best known parts of the village with the least well known history includes the council offices, the gas works (and a fatal explosion), the roads and businesses as well as the bridge itself.
40pp + card covers, Illustrations in colour and b&w. £5.00

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PAGODAS AND POTATO SALAD
This fully illustrated book chronicles the lives and personalities whIch went to make Honley Cricket Club the champions which they are today. Written by well-know cricket historian, Peter Davies, there is plenty to interest the cricket fanatic and layman alike.
32pp + card covers, 47 illustrations, some in colour. £4.00

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HONLEY IN THE GREAT WAR
This title is now out of print. A new volume is due in Spring 2019.
 This book is published to commemorate Honley’s contribution to the Great War through the lives of its villagers. All the names of those killed in action and mentioned on the village war memorial are identified and remembered. Honley’s efforts on the home front are also covered.
40pp + card covers, A4 format £7.50

hope-bankHOPE BANK HONLEY’S PLEASURE GROUNDS

Almost everyone in Honley has heard of Hope Bank – the playground of several generations of villagers. Sadly, the Pleasure Grounds are no more, but their story lives on.
40pp + card covers, updated with colour and b&w illustrations. £5.00

life-at-lords-mill19TH CENTURY LIFE AT LORD’S MILL

This booklet reveals something of lives of the workers and the mill owners, in Lord’s Mill in the 19th Century. Chapters dealing with accidents, fires and social outings paint a fascinating picture of the life of the mill.
28pp + card covers, illustrations in colour and b&w. £4.00

mary-jagger-honleys-historianMARY JAGGER HONLEY’S HISTORIAN

In her lifetime, Mary was a historian, novelist, dog breeder and post mistress. Her story is told in fascinating detail.
36pp + card cover, illustrated £4.00

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NON CONFORMIST CHAPELS OF HONLEYnon-conformist-chapels-the-methodists

in  two volumes

These two books cover the chapel histories Wesleyan, Primitive and Independent from their beginnings to the present day.

MOORBOTTOM, 40pp + card covers, fully illustrated £4.00,
THE METHODISTS 44pp + card covers, 70 illustrations, many in colour, £4.00

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SOME ACCOUNT OF ST MARY’S CHURCH HONLEY 1888

The refurbishment of the parish church in 1888 gave Mary Jagger the spur to write an account of the church up to that date. Reprinted from the original notes with some additional historical detail.
40pp + card cover many illustrations £5.00

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A WALK AROUND HONLEY

This new walk takes visitors on a fascinating route round the village, highlighting historical aspects as they stroll. Lasting up to two hours depending on the reader’s preference, the walk can also be undertaken from the comfort of your armchair simply by looking at the pictures.
28pp + card covers, fully illustrated in colour. £4.00

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WOODROYD HONLEY’S HIDDEN HAMLET

Tucked away on the eastern slopes of the Holme Valley, lies Woodroyd – a hamlet with a depth of history unknown even to locals. This book puts the life of the mines, the mill and the chapel into a sharper focus.
48pp + card covers, 60 illustrations, many in colour. £4.00

The above volume is currently out of print but will be revised, updated and extended shortly.

a-portrait-of-honleyANDREW JENKIN’S PORTRAIT OF HONLEY

Specially commissioned from local artist Andrew Jenkin, this booklet has 45 paintings and sketches of the village of Honley. In addition, each picture has a brief historical note. Ideal as a gift or simply as a keep-sake.
40pp + card covers, illustrations in colour. £5.00

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HONLEY THROUGH OLD ADVERTISING
The many businesses which supplied and employed the villagers of Honley mostly forgotten today are recalled through the ephemera and advertising which survives.
40pp + car cover. Many illustrations £5.00

Book 2

THE BROOKES OF HONLEY

Even in the 21st century, the villagers of Honley have good reason to thank the Brookes. From work place to recreation field, from school to church, the Brooke family had a hand in its provision. In this brief account of the family, we record its leading members and the contribution they made to Honley life.
28pp + card covers, 42 illustrations in colour and b&w. £4.00

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FARNLEY TYAS – A HISTORY

Tucked away behind Castle Hill is a small village with a rich history. Over 92 pages, this book recounts almost one thousand years through church, school and many other aspects of the life of this community.
Price £12.50.