The Spen Valley Historical Society was founded in 1972 and 2017 will be our 45th year of continuous existence.

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, with the exception of August when we do not have a meeting. The meetings start promptly at 7:30 pm at Our Lady & St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church Hall Dewsbury Road Cleckheaton. (For SatNav users the postcode is BD19 5DL)

Membership costs are £10 per annum and  £2 per meeting, guests are most welcome with the admission charge being £4 per person which includes light refreshments.

The remainder of the programme for the 2017 -18 season is:-

 December 13th
 Christmas shopping 1915 in Dewsbury
 Christine Leveridge & Stuart Hartley
 January 10th
 A week in May
 Chris Helme
 February 14th
 Packhorse days & ways
 Janet Niepokojczycka
 March 14th
 The story of Mohair
 John Clay

Talks for our 2018/19 season are

After the Slums: was the alternative a success?
BARNBOW in WW2, it's people & it's history
Bletchley Park
Crowning Glory - Chimney pots and stacks
Early Asylum Life – In the words of those who were there
Henry Francis Lyte - Abide with me
Little known London
Luttrell Psalter
Noel nostalgia - Golden age of music hall & comedy
Royal Mail – 500 Years and still delivering
The life of Edward Baines – Mr Mercury 1774–1849

For more information our contact details are


tel 0786 631 0162

or spenvalleyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

tel 0797 193 8010

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2nd September 2017 - Ronnie Walsh of the LGI is seeking help with Bed Plaques.
29th May 2017 - Mark Grace is seeking help in identifying an area around Heckmondwike in the early 1800s.
28th May 2017 - Many images added, mainly of the men killed in 1916 but also a number of 1917 men.
12th May 2017 - Obituaries published for Ernest Holmes and Joseph Edward Peel