New Titles



Written by Civic Society member Angela Marshall and inspired by the TV programme A House Through Time, this is the story of a  Honley house, a family business and a lost community. Banks is that area to the south of the village centre and was the home to Holdroyd’s Joiners and Funeral Directors for almost 200 years. The book has 104 pages and is fully illustrated with over 70 pictures plans and maps black and white and colour. Read more about it here.

It is available from Holme Valley News and Zebra Jewelery in Honley and READ bookshop in Holmfirth, priced £10.00. Copies may also be obtained though the post by contacting Honley Civic Society at  Postage is an additional £2.50

Forthcoming Titles for 2021

Restored to Glory – The Conacher Organ of St Mary the Virgin Honley

Taking advantage of the temporary closure of St Mary’s Church in Honley, the 110 year-old Conacher organ, built in Huddersfield, is being completely overhauled and restored. We celebrate organs and organists of the past, the builders and the work undertaken to bring this stalward of church services back to full glory.

This publication reveals some of the history of earlier organs and organists as well as the background to Peter Conacher and his company in Huddersfield. The restoration work is also covered in the 20 page booklet. It will be available Autumn 2021 from St Mary’s and Honley Civic Society, £2.00


The Families of Hall Ing, Woodroyd, Gynn and Grove

Woodroyd, Honley’s Hidden Hamlet is now out of print and in need of an update. Our new book with a revised title will be a worthy replacement, while standing on its own as a piece of local history. New research has revealed much about the major families who made this area a significant industrial location in the 19th and 20th centuries. Several new images will also be employed in this substantial rewrite.

Available Autumn 2021