A new website –  www.kirkheaton.info is now online. It is mainly  an archive database.  It is also to be found on the church page of community menu and  also in the side menu on our home page.

The site mainly concerns Sexton burial data in St John’s from the early 19C to date but has other snippets of information.

Local amateur genealogists looking for family deaths, marriages etc can peruse the parish records dating back to the early 1700’s. and even locate family graves in the very extensive database!

A very sad contemporary account of the fire at Colne Bridge in 1818 which killed 17 children can be read in the local items section.

In the newspaper clippings section the tussle between ratepayers in 1872 about the need for a new school in Kirkheaton and the heated debate as to the relevance of religious instruction in any such school can be read.
[this lead to the establishment of the infant school on Field Rise]

Early photos of Kirkheaton can also be seen.

There’s lots more to browse including an account of selling homemade fireworks door to door in the Lepton area around 1847 and a mystery to solve. So have a look.