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From body shields to blankets: The correspondence of a great war...

"Dear Sir,” wrote a Mrs Clayton to the Mayor of Keighley on July 13, 1916. “Excuse me taking the liberty of writing to your...
Dumb soldier

Mystery of the silent soldier

One Saturday night in October, 1915, Keighley police picked up a soldier unconscious in Church Street. He was taken to an Ambulance Auxiliary Military...
Buffalo Bill introducing Rough Riders of the World

Buffalo Bill rides into Keighley: a look back to 1903

One Day Only: Keighley, Wednesday, October 7, 1903: Grounds, Skipton Road: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World, Headed...

Tales from West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum

There is already an extensive literature on the Victorian treatment of mental health, but David Scrimgeour’s study of the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum...
Skipton cattle fair 1900

A Shocking Case of Wife Murder

The newspaper headline at the time summed it up. It was indeed ‘a shocking case of wife murder’, and behind the brutal facts of...
Elsie and Joseph Claughton

The 1941 Diary of a Haworth Housewife

by Ian Dewhirst Big surprise for everybody,” Mrs. Elsie Claughton wrote at Whitsuntide in 1941,” clothes are to be rationed... Everybody is talking about clothes...
Ian Dewhirst

Murder at the Toll Bar

Written by Ian Dewhirst - resident historian The Hawkcliffe toll bar stood till 1877 astride the Keighley and Kendal Turnpike Road where it curves below...

Rose-Bay Willow-Herb

By Ian Dewhirst, Keighley In garden-ends that we did not disturb With our spades last spring Taking advantage, rose-bay willow-herb Your ranks are flourishing Coming uncalled-for, burning with your...

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