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roger hunt
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im looking for a pearson name of mrs e.h.cousal.in reference to presentation to her on the occasion of the stone laying of whitley hall july 12th 1905 if could let me know would be most greatfull can not find anything about her thanks roger
Tuesday, May 31 2011 - 01:58 PM
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Alison Wood(Margaret Hartley)
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This is a great site that brings back many memories. I was brought up at N02 Nunbrook, this was a house next to the Three Nuns PH and can be seen to the left of a photo in the Scrapbook of the old Three Nuns. The house was demolished in the 1960s but the garden still remains. The house was reputed to have been built in the 1600s and there was a 'barn' between us and a house immediately next to the Three Nuns. Does anyone know what the purpose of these houses and barn was? I can't find any reference to these buildings anywhere, they were maybe part of the Kirklees estate. Was the barn used for some sort of manufacture? Please help if you can as I would love to know anything about these buildings.
My grandparents and father owned the Olympic garage where the Shell garage now stands and my father's family lived at Obelisk Grove also now demolished (near the Dumb Steeple)
I went to Battyeford Infant and Junior Schools and had the privilege to be in one of the Commem day plays at the COR - St Anne and the Gouty Rector an experience I will never forget even though I was only about 7 years old.
Its a great shame that Mirfield and Battyeford have become so built up.
Thank you for your hard work on this website, the photos especially bring back many happy memories of times gone by.
Thursday, May 26 2011 - 08:22 PM
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Gary Peacock
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Hi John

Thanks for the info I have another photo that might be of interest of the centre block of houses that I will dig out later for you to look at.

On the subject of the ARP-

My Grandfather was an ARP warden in Mirfield during the war and the goings on in Mirfield were probably much as you suspected, the ARP’s activities during Mirfield’s war weren’t exactly exciting. I know because I have the duty log of daily events from his outpost that he “liberated” when the unit was stood down towards the end of the war.
He was a foreman at Butt end mills where he was also involved in the running of the firewatch who were on standby to deal with incendiary bombs falling on Butt End or Holme bank mills. In the event of a raid it would probably have been a bit a comedy act, their only fire fighting equipment being some very silly ancient fire extinguishers that worked like giant syringes to suck up and squirt water along with some stirrup pumps, buckets of water and sand loaded onto various bicycles and carts on which they were supposed to speed off to the source of the fire.
My Grandfather was very much the “company man” full of praise for the company and Ronald Walker (Later to become Sir Ronald) head of the owning family.
My Grandfather was a quiet man but like many with the official rank of “warden” he and many of his compatriots probably came over a bit like Dads Army’s ARP Warden Hodges very much relishing their new found public role of power.
His patrol area was based at the Trinity Methodists hall and covered from Eastthorpe to Shepley Bridge.
Late one night while doing his rounds during a blackout he spotted too bright torch beams zigzagging there way along Park Bottom towards him very obviously contravening the blackout regulations, sensing the thrill of the hunt he stepped back into the shadows to await the arrival of his prey who would no doubt be worse for drink in the Swan or some other nearby pub. As the lights approached he made his move and jumped out of the shadows severely startling the torch bearers demanding in no uncertain terms and probably quite plain old style English that the lights should be extinguished which they were immediately.
At this point it became quite surreal because not only had he been staring at the torch beams for several minutes but now it was completely pitch black in the middle of a blackout and he couldn’t even make out his victims, regardless he let rip with his full lecture and dressing down speech lasting for several minutes without them uttering a single word. At the end feeling very much he had lived up in every way to the “important” role of an ARP warden he asked his victims for their names and address for they were to be reported for the infringement.
Out of the darkness a voice boomed out “I am Mr Ronald Walker this is the Company Secretary and I know who you are!”
He returned home somewhat deflated that night fearing the worst at work in the morning but the incident was never mentioned again.
Wednesday, January 05 2011 - 10:53 AM
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rookie
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Ok fanny ett's cottage is on the LEFT-HAND side!
Monday, January 03 2011 - 08:10 PM
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rookie
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the cottages on the right hand side of the flower pot, served as the air-raid warden's post during the 2nd world war.
of course being an air-raid warden was similar to being in the home guard, a good excuse for getting away from
the 'old woman' for a couple of hours.
i can just imagine the enjoyable time the 'volunteers' must have had having a quiet smoke and drink without being 'nagged' to death!
Monday, January 03 2011 - 07:49 PM
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John Rooke
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I notice that you refer to the terrace houses on Calder Road as "Back to Back houses known as Phillip Royd Terrace"
You are wrong there mate.
Phillip Royde Terrace refers only to the four houses numbered 47,49, 51 and 53.
These houses with their small enclosed front gardens are through houses with gardens leading down to the river.In the 1920/30's no 53 was owned by a Mr Greenwood, no51 by Mr Newsome and no's 49 and 47 by my wife's father Mr George Flower.
My wife Marjorie was born at no49 in February 1930 and lived there until we married in February 1951.
She recalls her mother referring to the other two blocks on Calder Road as 'Scargills Buildings' Who Scargill was is anybody's guess.
Number 53 was owned by a Mr Greenwood
Thursday, December 30 2010 - 09:26 PM
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David wilson
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I am researching my family history , My father was born in Mirfield 1916, I found this site very good and a good source of information, If anyone has any information on Arthur Wilson, Died 1934 Florence Wilson (nee Atack) Died 1968 and Joseph Wilson Atack Died 1910 then I would be grateful. My e mail is attached.
Tuesday, June 01 2010 - 01:37 PM
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steve white
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Hi, I inherited a huge amount of local photograp;hic negatives when the former freelance photographer Leslie Overend died in 1989. I recently discovered some old glass plates which I think record a royal visit to Mirfield. If you send me your email address I could send a scan or two if you think you might be able to supply me with information. Cheers, stevew
Saturday, May 15 2010 - 04:04 PM
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Gary
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New Mirfield screensaver

I have done a new Mirfield screensaver with lots of old Mirfield pictures on it.

You can download it from the main menu.
Saturday, February 13 2010 - 08:30 AM
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David Walker
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Whitley Hall

I remember that Mirfield Parish Church held at least one garden party on the lawn there in the late 1940's. My Mother was a member of the Mothers Union and my brother and I went along with her. Whilst there we, quite naturally 'explored' the rhodedendron gardens and Black Dick's tower.
Thursday, February 11 2010 - 05:36 PM