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Upper Worth Valley History Group
Last updated: 14/05/2015
haworth village
Contact Point: 28 Changegate Haworth
Contact: Ian Palmer

Tel. Contact Point: (01535) 644001
Email: history@haworth-village.org.uk


About Upper Worth Valley History Group
Local historians establishing a local history archive of local documents and photographs for those undertaking studies in the Upper Worth Valley.




News
19th January 2014
UWVHG HISTORY WALKS

UPPER WORTH VALLEY HISTORY GROUP WALKS 2014



“WALKING TO HAWORTH”

Steven Wood and Ian Palmer again invite you (entirely at your own risk!) to join them for another series of free historical walks in the Haworth area. They are all on Wednesdays in March and April. Be prepared for cold and wet weather and wear walking boots - several of the walks have some rough moorland walking in them. Take a packed lunch and hot drink.

All of this year’s routes are walks to Haworth from various points of the compass.

Cars should be left at Haworth or Keighley - we will not be returning to our starting point.

March 12th
From KEIGHLEY 6 miles
Bus: 663 from Haworth at 0940
Start from Cliffe Castle Museum entrance at 1015.

March 19th
From BINGLEY 7 miles
Buses: 663 from Haworth at 0940 then 662 from Keighley at 1010
Start from Bingley Parish Church at 1030

March 26th
From THORNTON 7 miles
Bus: 697 bus from Cross Roads at 0958
Start from Thornton church at 1020

April 2nd NO WALK

April 9th
From PECKETT WELL 7½ miles or 10 miles (depending on weather)
Bus: 500 from Haworth at 0923
Start from Peckett Well (junction of road to Old Town) at 0945

April 16th
From LANESHAW BRIDGE 8 miles
Buses: 663 from Haworth at 0940 then 25 bus from Keighley at 1015
Start from Laneshaw Bridge (road junction) at 1050

April 23rd
From COWLING 7½ miles
Buses: 663 from Haworth at 0940 then 25 bus from Keighley at 1015
Start from Cowling Methodist Burial Ground (near junction of Gill Lane and Keighley Road) at 1045

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18th April 2013
The walk to Top Withens that we did on March 27th was cut short due to the snow conditions. It has now been rescheduled for May 8th.

Steven Wood and Ian Palmer again invite you (entirely at your own risk!) to join them for the walk to Top Withens. Be prepared for cold and wet weather and wear walking boots - this walk has some rough moorland walking. Take a packed lunch and hot drink.

May 8th Top Withins and the Alcomden Stones. - 5 miles
Meet on Back Lane, Stanbury just below Bully Trees (SE002365) at 10 a.m.
The 664 bus which leaves Keighley at 9.25 a.m. and Haworth KWVR Station at 9.38 a.m. will get you there in time. The meeting place is about 600 yards up Back Lane from the Stanbury bus terminus.
Exploring the ancient farming settlement of Withins which Steven Wood has been studying over the past year.

17th January 2013

UPPER WORTH VALLEY HISTORY GROUP WALKS 2013


Steven Wood and Ian Palmer again invite you (entirely at your own risk!) to join them for another series of free historical walks in the Haworth area. They are all on Wednesdays in March and April. Be prepared for cold and wet weather and wear walking boots - several of the walks have some rough moorland walking in them. Take a packed lunch and hot drink.

March 13th Some Haworth and Oxenhope Mills - 6 miles
Meet at Haworth Visitor Information centre at the top of Main Street at 10 a.m.
A look at some of Haworth's mills and Oxenhope's iconic Dunkirk Mill.

March 20th The Quarries of Nab Hill - 6½ miles
Meet at Oxenhope bus terminus at 10.30 a.m.
The 500 bus which leaves Keighley at 10.05 a.m. and Haworth KWVR Station at 10.18 a.m. will get you there in time.
Chris Mace will be guiding us round the quarrying remains at Nab and Fly of which he has recently made a detailed study.

March 27th Top Withins and the Alcomden Stones. - 5 miles
Meet on Back Lane, Stanbury just below Bully Trees (SE002365) at 10 a.m.
The 664 bus which leaves Keighley at 9.25 a.m. and Haworth KWVR Station at 9.38 a.m. will get you there in time. The meeting place is about 600 yards up Back Lane from the Stanbury bus terminus.
Exploring the ancient farming settlement of Withins which Steven Wood has been studying over the past year.

April 3rd NO WALK

April 10th Oxenhope Stoop and Top of Stairs - 7 miles
Meet at the bottom of Haworth Main Street near the Old Hall at 10 a.m.
A walk along the Haworth-Oxenhope boundary to Oxenhope Stoop returning by Stairs Lane.

April 17th The Lad of Crow Hill - 6 ½ miles
Meet on Back Lane, Stanbury just below Bully Trees (SE002365) at 10 a.m.
The 664 bus which leaves Keighley at 9.25 a.m. and Haworth KWVR Station at 9.38 a.m. will get you there in time. The meeting place is about 600 yards up Back Lane from the Stanbury bus terminus.
A visit to the Lad of Crow Hill and Ponden Clough.

April 24th Across Haworth Township on packhorse trails - 7 miles
Meet at Oakworth bus terminus at 10.10 a.m.
Use the 665 bus leaves Keighley at 9.45 and Haworth KWVR Station at 9.58.
NB - Do not park cars at Oakworth as we will not be returning - the walk ends in Haworth.

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2nd February 2012

UPPER WORTH VALLEY HISTORY GROUP WALKS 2012



Once again Steven Wood and Ian Palmer will be doing a series of six historical walks in the spring. Friends, old and new, are welcome to join us (strictly at their own risk!).

Good footwear will be needed – preferably walking boots. You should have warm and waterproof clothing. Carry a packed lunch and a hot drink.

All walks take place on Wednesdays and are free.

The first three of this year’s walks will look at the River Worth’s main tributary, the North Beck. This will be explored from Keighley town centre to the Big Dam on Keighley Moor as follows:

WEDNESDAY MARCH 14th 5 miles
Keighley to Laycock via Holme House Wood and Goose Eye. Meet on Worth Way where the road crosses the North Beck (near the far end of Morrison’s car park) at 10 a.m.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 21st 5 miles
Laycock to Slippery Ford via Goose Eye and Newsholme Dean. Meet by Laycock Cross – just beyond the school when approaching from Keighley – at 10 a.m. The 710 Laycock service from Keighley Bus Station at 9.30 a.m. will get you there in plenty of time.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 28th 6 miles
Slippery Ford to Keighley Moor Reservoir returning by way of the Maw Stones and the Hitching stone. Some rough, pathless moorland walking – boots essential. Meet at the small car parking area at Morkin Bridge (SE002403) at 10 a.m.

The remaining three walks will be looking at some of the tributaries of the upper Calder. They will be held on April 11th, 18th and 25th.

4. APRIL 11th
Luddenden Dean.
Mount Tabor to Castle Carr gatehouse and back by way of Wainstalls.
5½ miles.
Meet by the Methodist Chapel in Mount Tabor (SE053272) at 10am.

5. APRIL 18th
Colden Valley.
Following the new Power in the Landscape Trail in the Colden Valley.
6 miles.
Catch the 10.08 am Blackshaw Head (service E) bus from Hebden Bridge Railway Station, book to Smithy Lane. There is a car park at the railway station but it is likely to be full. There is a large car park in Hebden Bridge itself (SD993272) – allow plenty of time to walk to the Railway Station (about 600 yards) for the bus.

6. APRIL 25th
Jumble Hole Clough
An exploration of this fascinating little valley.
5 miles.
Park on Jumble Hole Road just beyond the railway bridge at SD969262 at 10 am.
Jumble Hole Road is a right turn off the Hebden Bridge to Todmorden Road just past Murt’s Motor Centre (just over a mile and a half out of Hebden).

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21st January 2011
THE UPPER WORTH VALLEY HISTORY GROUP’S WALKS FOR 2011

Steven Wood & Ian Palmer will again be leading a series of six history walks.

This year we will be exploring the River Worth from its confluence with the Aire to its sources on the Oxenhope and Stanbury moors.
All the walks are on Wednesdays and are free.

MARCH 9th
VISITS THE CONFLUENCE OF THE WORTH AND THE AIRE AND FOLLOWS THE WORTH THROUGH THE EASTERN OUTSKIRTS OF KEIGHLEY, 5 miles.

Meet at the corner of Cavendish Street and Lawkholme Lane at 10 a.m.

MARCH 16th
FOLLOWS THE WORTH VALLEY THROUGH HAINWORTH TO HAWORTH AND RETURNS VIA CACKLESHAW AND DAMEMS, 6½ miles.

Meet at the corner of Ingrow Lane and Halifax Road at 10 a.m.

MARCH 23rd
FOLLOWS THE BRIDGEHOUSE BECK TO OXENHOPE AND VISITS THE RAG CLOUGH AND LEESHAW BECKS, 6½ miles

Meet at Haworth Railway Station at 10 a.m.

MARCH 30th
EXPLORES LEEMING BECK AND ITS TRIBUTARIES, 5 miles.

Meet at Oxenhope P.O. at 10.30 a.m.

APRIL 13th
THE RIVER WORTH FROM HAWORTH TO PONDEN RESERVOIR, 6 miles.

Meet at Haworth TIC at 10 a.m.

APRIL 20th
FOLLOWS THE WORTH FROM PONDEN RESERVOIR TO WATERSHEDDELS AND RETURNS VIA THE WOLF STONES, 6½ miles.

Meet at Ponden Reservoir at 10.30 a.m.

You will need sturdy footwear and waterproofs.

Fetch a packed lunch and a hot drink.

Participants are expected to be responsible for their own safety - we can accept no liability!

Contact Steven Wood 01535-645735 if you need further details.
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UWVHG HISTORY WALKS6th May 2010 - THE UPPER WORTH VALLEY HISTORY WALKS

This year’s series of history walks was highly successful. Twenty or so people attended and the weather was uncharacteristically kind to us – six walks in the Pennines in March and April without a drop of rain!

It has occurred to me that it would be a good idea to compile a list of email addresses of those who came this year – or in previous years – or who may wish to come in future.

If anyone would like to send a brief message to me at the email address below I will keep them informed of future walks.

scw.haworth@googlemail.com

Steven Wood

UWVHG HISTORY WALKS15th January 2010 - THE UPPER WORTH VALLEY HISTORY GROUP’S WALKS FOR 2010

Steven Wood & Ian Palmer will again be leading a series of six history walks.
This year we will be looking at many of the sites featured in our two new books
“Haworth Through Time” and “Oxenhope & Stanbury Through Time”.

1. 10th March
HAWORTH BROW, VALE MILL & CROSS ROADS, 4 miles.
Meet at Haworth Railway Station 10 am

2. 17th March
HAWORTH VILLAGE & PENISTONE HILL, 4½ miles
Meet at Haworth TIC 10 am

3. 24th March
BRIDGEHOUSE BECK, OLD OXENHOPE & ENFIELDSIDE, 5½ miles
Meet at Haworth TIC 10 am

4. 14th April
OXENHOPE, ROYD HOUSE & LEEMING, 4 miles
Meet at Oxenhope PO 10.30 am
(the 10.18 500 bus from Haworth will get you there in time)

5. 21st April
OXENHOPE VILLAGE, RAG & DUNKIRK, 5½ miles
Meet at Oxenhope Post Office 10.30 am
(the 10.18 500 bus from Haworth will get you there in time)

6. 28th April
BUCKLEY GREEN, PONDEN & STANBURY, 5 miles.
Meet at Back Lane, Stanbury 10 am
Meeting point is 600 yards SW of the bus terminus (near Bully Trees)
(the 09.38 664 bus from Haworth will get you there in time)

This year’s walks are rather less strenuous than previous years’ but you will still need sturdy footwear and waterproofs. Fetch a packed lunch and a hot drink.

If you need any more information contact Steven Wood :
Phone: 01535-645735
Email: scw.haworth@googlemail.com

History pictures of Haworth Oxenhope Cross Roads and Stanbury here...

About the Upper Worth Valley History Group here...
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UWVHG HISTORY WALKS10th March 2009
HISTORY WALKS 2009

Once again the Upper Worth Valley History Group is running a series of walks in the Haworth area. Please note that there are a few changes this year :

• Walks will be on Wednesdays.
• They are not all on successive weeks – there are gaps.
• Not all walks start from bus stops.

For the first time we have a visiting leader for one of the walks. We are fortunate to have Alison Tymon of the West Yorkshire Geology Trust leading a walk on Penistone Hill to look at the geology and quarrying industry of the area.
The first two walks take up last year’s theme of boundaries. In fact they are the two walks that we were unable to do last year owing to an unwelcome dose of flu.

1. APRIL 22nd
Alcomden Stones and Crow Hill – 6 miles.
Meet south side of Ponden Reservoir near sailing club (SD 992369) at 10 a.m.

2. APRIL 29th
Oxenhope Stoop & the Noonan Stones – 5.5 miles.
Meet at the small car park (the one with the public toilets) on the west side of Penistone Hill (SE 018361) at 10 a.m.

3. MAY 13th
Penistone Hill geology trail with Alison Tymon – 2 or 3 miles.
A short walk taking a leisurely look at the geology and quarries of Penistone Hill.
Meet at Haworth Tourist Information Centre at 10 a.m.

4. MAY 20th
Quarries of the Black Moor area – 6 miles.
Meet at Haworth Tourist Information Centre at 10 a.m.

5. JUNE 10th
Lumb Foot, Blue Stone Delf and Griffe Mill.
Meet at Haworth Tourist Information Centre at 10 a.m.

6. JUNE 17th
Coombe Hill Cross and the Wolf stones – 6.5 miles
Meet south side of Ponden Reservoir near sailing club (SD 992369) at 10 a.m.

Mud is inevitable, rain is likely – come prepared with walking boots and waterproofs. Bring a packed lunch.
If you need any more information contact Steven Wood :
Phone: 01535-645735
Email: scw.haworth@googlemail.com
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UWVHG HISTORY WALKS6th March 2008
UWVHG HISTORY WALKS 2008

JOIN STEVEN WOOD AND THE UPPER WORTH VALLEY HISTORY GROUP FOR A SERIES OF FASCINATING WALKS EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF HAWORTH TOWNSHIP.
ALL WELCOME – ALL WALKS HELD ON THURSDAYS AND ARE FREE.

These walks will look at many of the ancient boundaries in and around Haworth Township. These boundaries are some of the oldest surviving landscape features. We will also be looking at many other points of historical interest along the way.
The walks vary from 5 to 8 miles in length. There is a good deal of rough moorland walking involved and good boots are essential. Take a packed lunch and hot drink. Wet weather is always likely – be prepared.
Most walks start at Haworth Tourist Information Centre at the top of Main Street at 10 a.m.
The Crow Hill walk starts at Stanbury bus terminus at 0950.
(664 Stanbury bus from Rawdon Road, opposite park gates, at 0938.)
The Cock Hill walk starts at the old RAF station on top of Cock Hill at 0935.
(500 Hebden Bridge bus from Sun Street, Haworth at 0918.)
All walks finish in Haworth – although we may try to get the bus back from Stanbury after the Crow Hill walk.

THURS: WALK LENGTH START
17th APRIL Long Bridge & Brow Moor 5½ miles TIC 1000
24th APRIL Cock Hill to Haworth 7 miles Cock Hill 0935
1st MAY Top of Stairs & Oxenhope Stoop 8 miles TIC 1000
8th MAY Ponden Mill & Oldfield 5½ miles TIC 1000
15th MAY Crow Hill 8+ miles Stanbury 0950
22nd MAY Oxenhope Edge & Noonan Stones 8 miles TIC 1000

NB. There are two more walks looking at local boundaries which you may like to join - the Cross Roads boundary walk & Reg Hindley’s Oxenhope boundary walk.

Cross Roads parish boundary walk Saturday 7th June. Meet opposite St. James's church at 11am. 9 miles - opportunities to drop out at several points. Leader David Oates.

Oxenhope boundary walk Sunday 15th June (to be confirmed). Details from Steven Wood on the UWVHG walks or from Reg Hindley 01535-643087.

1st March 2007
UWVHG HISTORY WALKS 2007

These walks visited many of the textile mills, old houses, quarries, ancient trackways, reservoirs, chapels and other features of Haworth, Oxenhope and Stanbury – and Stanbury’s forgotten railway!
The walks varied from 4 to 8 miles in length.

The itinerary was:

THURS: WALK LENGTH START
17th MAY Hard Naze & Rag 6 miles TIC 1000
24th MAY Sladen Valley & the Railway 8 miles TIC 1000
31st MAY Mytholmes Mill & Oakworth 4 miles TIC 1000
7th JUNE Top of Stairs & Haworth Spa 7 miles TIC 1000
14th JUNE Ponden Clough & Watersheddles 8 miles Stanbury 0945
21st JUNE Sawood & Isle 4 miles Oxenhope 1020
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Haworth Ramblers at Horton Croft 1st September 190611 July 2006
HAWORTH RAMBLERS' CENTENARY WALK

To mark the hundredth anniversary of the Haworth Ramblers' first walk the Upper Worth Valley History Group intends to walk from Stanbury to Hebden Bridge on Saturday 2nd September 2006.

We will follow the route taken by that first walk as far as the National Trust car park at Hardcastle Crags. From there we will continue down the Hebden valley to Hebden Bridge and retrace the Ramblers' return journey on the bus - the Cock Hill road is no place for walkers these days!

Take the 0915 Stanbury bus (service 664) from Keighley (0929 from Haworth station). Meet at Stanbury bus terminus (Hob Hill) at 0945. Stout footwear is essential and a packed lunch and hot drink should be carried. Wet weather is always likely and should be provided for.

The walk is about ten miles and we should reach Hebden Bridge in good time for the 1630 bus (service 500) to Haworth and Keighley.

If you intend to join the walk please 'phone Steven Wood on 01535-645735 to register. You may turn up on the day if yours is a last minute decision.

The walk is free but you will need some money for bus fairs and incidentals.

About Haworth Ramblers more...

23rd Feb 2006
UWVHG HISTORY WALKS 2006

JOIN STEVEN WOOD AND THE UPPER WORTH VALLEY HISTORY GROUP FOR A SERIES OF FASCINATING WALKS EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF HAWORTH TOWNSHIP.
WELL BEHAVED DOGS ON LEADS ARE ALLOWED ON ALL WALKS EXCEPT THE ALCOMDEN STONES WALK.
ALL WELCOME – ALL WALKS HELD ON THURSDAYS AND ARE FREE.

These walks will visit many of the textile mills, old houses, quarries, ancient trackways, reservoirs, chapels and other features of Haworth, Oxenhope and Stanbury.
Most of the walks will be from 4 to 5 miles but two are longer treks of 7 to 8 miles. All are likely to be muddy and good footwear is essential. Take a packed lunch and hot drink. Wet weather is always likely – be prepared.
The shorter walks all start at Haworth Tourist Information Centre at the top of Main Street at 10 a.m.
The Nab Hill walk starts at Oxenhope Post Office at 1020.
(663 Oxenhope bus from Sun Street, Haworth at 1009.)
The Alcomden Stones walk starts at Stanbury bus terminus at 0945.
(664 Stanbury bus from Rawdon Road, opposite park gates, at 0929.)
N.B. No dogs on this one.
All walks finish at the Haworth Tourist Information Centre.

18th MAY - Mouldgreave & Dunkirk Mill - 5 miles - TIC 10:00am
25th MAY - Long Bridge & Griffe Mill - 4 miles - TIC 10:00am
1st JUNE - Nab Hill & Paul Clough - 7 miles - Oxenhope 10:20am
8th JUNE - Royd House & Bentley Hey - 4½ miles - TIC 10:00am
15th JUNE - Alcomden Stones & Ponden - 8 miles - Stanbury 09:45am
22nd JUNE - Spring Head & Lumb Foot - 4 miles - TIC 10:00am

NB. All participants are invited to join Reg Hindley’s annual Oxenhope Boundary Walk on Sunday June 11th.
Meet at Howarth Saw Works, Hebden Road (A6033) at 0930.
11 miles of rough moorland, take lunch, no dogs.
Further details from Reg Hindley: 01535-643087


09th September 2005
The recent exhibition at the TIC was a big success and many people managed to see it, some were able to provide information about the pictures on show. We also scanned other pictures that were brought along.

If you missed it, the complete exhibition is now online: 2005 History Exhibition here... thanks go to haworth-village.org.uk for setting up the gallery and sorting the pictures. If you can add any information about the photos email us and we will add to the description.

We are still looking for more photographs, if you have any you can email them to us.

We would like to do a section about the 1940's war years, if anyone has any information, photographs or recollections of that period if they can contact us we would be interested, thanks.


19th May 2005
We are holding an open exhibition of articles from the archive at the Tourist Information Centre, Haworth from Monday 4 July until Sunday 10 July.

The exhibition will be open during the normal opening hours of the Tourist Information Centre and will be a display of maps, photographs and documents relating to Haworth, Cross Roads, Stanbury and Oxenhope and for some of the time members of the History Group will be available to answer questions and to copy articles to add to the archive.

On Thursday 7 July at 10.30am the group will be holding our AGM which is open to all members of the group and to any new members who wish to join. Membership is currently free

If you would like to know more about the area of Haworth, Stanbury, Cross Rds, Oxenhope or want to know something of the past such as a finding out about your family, we have access on computer to local census, maps, Parish Registers and photos.

Don’t worry if you know nothing about computers, one of the members will be on hand to take you through the records and help you find the information.

The archive is being constantly updated and the group is interested in any information about the area you might have, such as old photographs or written material. If you bring them with you we can scan them on the same day.

Please note The Upper Worth Valley History Group can only answer enquires in person, we are not able to answer questions about family tree searches by telephone or email


Whats On
The Upper Worth Valley History Group surgeries are on the first Thursday of the month at the Worth Valley Police and Community Contact Point, 28 Changegate Haworth BD22 8DY tel: 01535 644001.

If you would like to know more about where you live, who lived in your house, or trying to trace your family tree, drop in and see us.

The History group would also be interested in any local history you might have such as photographs, pamphlets, old documents. We would also be interested in any oral history you can recount.
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'Haworth A strange uncivilized place' by Steve Wood5th May 2005
Haworth 'A strange uncivilized place' by local Historian Steve Wood is now out.

The book's sub-title is taken from a letter which Charlotte Bronte wrote to her publisher in 1849. A member of the publishing company was due to call at Haworth to collect her manuscript and Charlotte wrote: 'He will find Haworth a strange uncivilized little place such as - I dare say - he never saw before.'

The book traces the history of the village, looking at its former farming, textile and stone quarrying industries, its houses, shops and inns, churches, reservoirs and gasworks, and explores some of the popular beliefs of the nineteenth century - including a cure for cattle afflicted by a witch's curse - and some well-known aspects of the Brontes connections with Haworth.

Book can be bought from local shops, the Contact Point and can be purchased directly from Steve Wood: 8 Stone street Haworth (01535) 645735'Haworth A strange uncivilized place' by Steve Wood

Cost:£7:99
Binding: Paperback
EAN: 9780752435084
ISBN: 0752435086
Number Of Pages: 128
Publication Date: Now
Publisher: Tempus Publishing Ltd

You can buy the book from Amazon here...
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Oxenhope the making of a Pennine Community by Reg HindleyReg Hindley: Oxenhope: the making of a Pennine community

(Dec. 2004: ix + 279 pages, card covers, with 50 illustrations including 15 maps)

Price £12.99, from the author at Thorn Villa, Hebden Rd., Oxenhope, BD22 9JS – tel. 01535-643087: email: reg-hindley@oxenhope.fsnet.co.uk and from Reids’ Bookshop, Cavendish Street, Keighley.


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