Silsden Local History Group

A look into times past in Cobbydale

Meetings Calendar of the Silsden Local History Group

Meetings are held at Silsden Methodist Church, located on Kirkgate in the centre of the town. Parking is available in Wesley Place car park nearby. Doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:20 start. Light refreshments are usually served at the start. There is a small charge of £2 at the door.


2018/19 meetings


Monday 17th December 2018

Come along and enjoy festive refreshments. We shall be serving mine pies and warm spiced punch (non-alcoholic). Cathy Liddle will host a Silsden-themed seasonal quiz. She will also tell, in recognition of an old local tradition of telling stories around the hearth at Christmas, a strange but true tale from the Silsden countryside of the early twentieth century.


Monday 28th January 2019
We start with a brief AGM followed by a chance to view some short historic films about Silsden and Silsdeners, including a Silsden Secondary School camp  (Hothfield School) in the Lake District in 1953.

Monday 25th February 2019
David Mason will give an illustrated talk on the history of the Silsden Fire Service. It will include the stories of some of the major fires that the Brigade had to attend.

Monday 25th March 2019
Tricia Atkinson will give a talk about "The Murgatroyds of East Riddlesden Hall".

There will be no talks on Mondays in April and May as the dates are Bank Holidays Mondays. It is hoped to arrange some different activities on different dates in these months.   

Monday 24th June 2019
David Mason will give a talk on Silsden's corn mills, including a onetime windmill in the Township.



Town Hall research sessions in 2019

On the Tuesdays following the Monday meetings research facilities are available in Silsden Town Hall located directly across the road from the Methodist Church. We meet in the ground floor back meeting room. You will have access to the Town's archive materials, which are kept there. These are drop-in sessions and someone will be on hand to help with inquiries concerning local and family history matters. On the attached map the Town Hall is located where the library is shown.The sessions for the first half of 2019 are:-


Tuesday 29th January               2:00 to 4:00pm
Tuesday 26th February             2:00 to 4:00pm
Tuesday 26th March                 2.00 to 4.00pm
April                                   There will be no session
May                                   There will be no session
Tuesday 25th June                   2.00 to 4.00pm
Tuesday 23rd July                    2.00 to 4.00pm


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