Can you help?

Richard Horton is wanting information about a family photograph. He writes :
Today I was going through a box of my father’s photographs and came across some negatives that had no prints.  On converting them to digital files I found they were mostly shots taken on holidays in Blackpool of my father and family during the mid-1920s.
I wonder if anyone can confirm that the ties the two boys have (Edward Horton and younger brother Geoffrey) are of Kirkheaton school.  A few unknown people on the shots including the lady on the left in the  photo.
If you can help contact us at

Kirkheaton History Group Newsletter 1 Feb 2017

This is the first of our regular Newsletters with the aim of keeping you updated on our activities.
In the past Kirkheaton Family and Local History Group (KHG) have successfully organised and staged three exhibitions,

  • WW1 – researching over 146 men who lost their lives during this conflict’
  • WW2 – researching over 40 who lost their lives
  • Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday Celebration

Moving forward, KHG will be providing monthly talks with an historical theme.  These will be held on the last Thursday of every month at  Kirkheaton Community Centre.

The first of our series of talks  will be at 7.30pm on Thursday 23 February 2017 at the Kirkheaton Community Centre.  Entrance £2.50 (including light refreshments).
From Mountain to Sea – John Taylor will take you on an historical, pictorial journey down the River Severn.

Future events planned include talks on :
Broadhead & Graves Mill
A number of former employees have been in touch, contributing a number of photographs.  This is on going.
Kirkheaton Workhouse
Research has included the Huddersfield Board of Guardians Minutes of Meeting and Newspaper Articles.
History of Ravensknowle Hall (Tolson Museum)
To commemorate the 95th years as Tolson Museum, KHG research includes the West Yorkshire Archives, and Newspaper Articles.
We are also researching the various families who have owned the Ravensknowle Estate.

Family History
The group meets every Thursday from 6.00pm at the Kirkheaton Library.  Help is available for those just starting through to cracking that Brick Wall.
A few weeks ago, we were contacted by someone who had come to a dead end trying to find their elusive Great Grandfather. A family story was that there was a Scottish connection. One of our members gladly agreed to take on the challenge and in the process of finding the elusive Great Grandfather discovered not a Scottish but an Irish connection.

Audio/Video Interviews
With the aim of compiling history/experiences of Kirkheaton a number of residents have agreed to an audio/video interview.
Our aim is to include people of all ages and backgrounds.

Please get in touch if you

  • Would to help or provide information on any of the above
  • Know someone who would like to be interviewed.

Please help by circulating this newsletter.

 Regards                Colin Beaver     on behalf of the Kirkheaton History Group


Request for information

We have recently received this via our website.Can you help?

I have recently bought a Somme Poppy Pin from the Royal British Legion which comes with the name of a soldier commemorated at Thiepval. My soldier is Private John Howarth and I believe he may be the one on Kirkheaton’s church war memorial? His regimental no is 301782 and he was in 1st/8th Durham Light Infantry and killed on 5th Nov 1916. I wanted to discover more about him and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission says he was the son of Joe and Sarah Howarth of 466 Greenside, Dalton. I have been unable to find a photo of him but if you have any more information on him I would love to know.
I look forward to hearing from you if you have any more details of this man.
Kind regards
Anne Anderson

Please contact us at if you are able to help and we will pass this on to Anne

Want to find out more about Kirkheaton?

There is a fabulous site set up by two former Local History librarians [well one is still working!] dedicated to recording oddities found in the Kirklees area before they disappear. Over the last few years, Carol Hardy and  Linda Smith have been all over Kirklees photographing buildings, signs, grates, milestones etc – in fact anything connected to local past history and finding their stories. It is called Kirklees Curiosities  and it is very easy to use as all the towns and villages covered are indexed. Click on Kirkheaton and you will find a wealth of information. They are very happy to hear from anyone who has ideas for future inclusions.
Give it a click – it’s very worthwhile.

PS Carol and Linda presented some of their ‘curiosities’ at a local history talk in the Community Centre organsied by Kirkheaton Local and Family History group.
The next talk organised by the group will be on Thursday 27th September and is intriguingly entitled ‘My ancestors came from a World Heritage Site’ at  7:30pm in the Community Centre – Admission £2


Broadhead and Graves reunion

Over 20 former workers of Broadhead and Graves mill in Kirkheaton held a reunion Christmas lunch in the Beaumont Arms Kirkheaton. Former employees which included office staff, weavers and menders enjoyed a get-together and talked about the time that they worked at the former mill. One of the talking points was a photo of mill workers with Frank Broadhead, which was taken to celebrate his birthday.
The reunion was organised by Lorraine Sykes, an ex employee and Roger Armitage of the Kirkheaton History Group.
The next meeting of the Broadhead and Graves group will be held on the 11th January at 2pm in the Kirkheaton Library.
If you worked at the former mill and have photos and memories, please come along and share them. Roger can be contacted on 07837412070.
15 Dec mill reunion



Memories of Whitley Willows

15 Nov Whitley WillowsMargaret Brier has written a book about Whitley Willows – home of her grandparents Lucy and Harry Bates. Harry was the engineer for the mills there for over 40 years.
The book contains  photographs of a bygone age and many snippets of local history.
It can be bought from Margaret Brier 11a Towngate Upperthong HUDDERSFIELD HD9 3UX for £7 + £3 p&p or for more information

New web page – Yettoners United!

Occasionally people who have lived in Kirkheaton in the past contact the website to try and get in touch with old friends and collegues or to seek information about their family history. So we have decided to dedicate a section of the website where people searching for information can post their queries etc.
Please contact us through and we will put up your request.
Dates, full names and where your family lived would be useful alongside any other relevant material or even photographs.

Please click here to go to the web page Yettoners United! which will be added to when we receive any requests.

From: william geoffrey coates <>Subject: searching for friends

I am trying to trace anyone who lived in Kirkheaton who might know me and/or my family. In 1960s we lived at 16 Moorside Terrace. My father was called Alexander Coates and my mum Sylvia. I have a sister called June and a brother called Allan. I went to Kirkheaton C of E school and remember the fair ground by the church. Sadly my parents have passed away. Now just hoping someone out there remembers me. I knew the Brooks family and the Kranks – she had 12 boys. Hoping to hear from anyone.

Regards William Geoffrey Coates.


Broadhead & Graves mill project

Roger Armitage of the Kirkheaton Family History Group,writes:
“Our Broadhead & Graves mill project has had a very positive response from many past employees. However we would welcome further contributions and any photos you may have, such as the fire in 1964, or maybe you have some from the many parties and outings that you went on. We now have the use of a portable recorder, so we would love to record your memories and stories of life working at the mill.
The group are to organise a Christmas dinner/buffet at the Beaumont Arms at 1pm on 7th December which is open to former employees and their spouses. This will give fellow workers time to reminisce and meet old friends again. If you would like to attend, please leave your name and contact details with a member of the Library staff.”
Or phone Roger on 07837412070

Information wanted

Trig point
Ann Shaw nee Sowerby is asking for anyone who has any memories about the area around the trig point off the Grange Moor Road to contact her.  tel 01484 422099

Memories of Kirkheaton Roundabout
Have you  memories about the Roundabout (the hill with a trigpoint) at the top of Moorside Road, and at the top of North Moor Lane (the Jossey)
1.My memories include a torchlight procession and bonfire on the evening of the Queens Coronation in 1953.
2.Dawn services held there by priests who walked up from Battyeford. People who attended these sevices were local people from Upperheaton Chapel,Fields Chapel and Kirkheaton Church-and maybe others
3.Counting how many Churches we could see from there


Broadhead & Graves – appeal for information

Can you help? Kirkheaton Local & Family History group are investigating the history of mill life in Kirkheaton and would like to collect as many memories as possible for their project.
Colin, a spokesman for the group says
Mill house ‘The house and gates are all that is left as a reminder of more than 125 years of textile industry which came to an end when weaving stopped at Huddersfield Fine Worsteds (formerly Broadhead and Graves) in February 2005. At its height every one in Kirkheaton worked at the mill or if they didn’t they had a relative or friend who did. If you are one of these or have any information about the mill’s history then we would love to hear from you. There  will an open evening at Kirkheaton Library on Thursday 11 June 6.00-8.00pm so come along and bring your memories.’
For more information contact Colin on 07824 499 600 or at

Victory in Europe Exhibition

WW2 artefact WW2 artefacts 2 WW2bKirkheaton Family History Group has put on yet another successful exhibition in the parish church. This time it was to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE [Victory in Europe] Day at the beginning of May. Visitors from as far afield as Canada and New Zealand have been able to find out about local men and women who fought in WW2. Also included were civilian casualties. Some artefacts were on display including soldier’s pay book, ration books and a rather delicate gas mask.

Members of the group have been on hand to answer questions and help visitors trace their relatives. Roger Armitage [KFHG] said it was gratifying to be able to give people information about lost relations and hopefully encourage them to find out more.

WW2 – request for information

70 Years ago the German armed forces surrendered unconditionally on May 7. Hostilities in Europe ended officially at midnight, May 8. 1945.
 The Kirkheaton Family History is planning to commemorate this event with another exhibition and would like some help

 Click on this link to see a list of the people they are presently researching.
They would welcome

  • Any information on these names
  • Names which are missing from the list
  • Names of those who served and survived.
  • Copies of Kirkheaton Parish magazines (1939 -1945)

    Contact : or Colin 07824 499 600