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 or local 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
From: william geoffrey coates <email@example.com>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.
Ann Shaw nee Sowerby, a former Yettoner, writes:
Have you any memories of the Roundabout (the hill with a trigpoint) at the top of Moorside Road and Grange Moor Road (the Jossey)?
My memories include
– a torchlight procession and bonfire on the evening of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.
– Dawn services held there by priests who walked up from Battyeford. Local people
from Upperheaton Chapel, Fields Chapel, Kirkheaton Church and possibly others
– Counting how many churches we could see from the trig point
If you have any memories to share please contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel 01484 422099
The Kirkheaton History & Genealogy Group is currently researching two projects
Broadhead & Graves mill project – Although they have had a very positive response from many past employees, they would welcome any photos of the fire in 1964, parties or outings. Also they now have a portable recorder, and would like to record any memories and stories of life working at the mill.
The other project relates to the move by British Dyes Ltd in 1916, from St Andrew’s Road to Dalton Valley. The building of a vast new dyestuffs manufacturing complex followed government concerns about imports of dyestuffs. Included in this project is the research of the area history prior to 1916, in particular Dalton Lees Mill, the lost hamlet of Lee Head and the old Black Horse Inn. Contact John Taylor on 01484 304 461