The Spen Valley Historical Society was founded in 1972 and 2021 will be our 49th 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.

The programme for the 2020/21 season is cancelled due to the ongoing situation with Covid19, we currently do not know how long this cancellation will last but when it is safe to resume we will do so.  We reviewed the situation in August and have decided that we would not be able to meet again in 2020.

For more information our contact details are


tel 0786 631 0162

or spenvalleyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

tel 0797 193 8010

Demolition of The Shears Inn on Halifax Road Liversedge on Planning Agenda again

Kirklees Planning Committee on 14th April are to consider the proposal to demolish the Shears Inn and build four houses.  The Shears played a part in the 1812 Luddite Riots and it's lost would be detrimental to the heritage of the district.

Members of the public wishing to comment on the proposal can do so at the Planning Portal of KMC by using this link

Comments must be submitted by 12th April

Abandonment Plans for Queensbury Tunnel submitted to CBMDC

Highways England has submitted plans to Bradford Council for the abandonment of Queensbury Tunnel. The reference number is 19/02242/MAF and details are available via the Council's planning portal . The work is likely to cost around £5 million, funded by the taxpayer.

This link takes you to the abandonment page of the Queensbury Tunnel website with information about how to object.

This link takes you to the CBMDC portal should you wish to object.

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12th December 2020 - Abby  Weeks is seeking help in understanding the forced movement of Thomas Hollingsworth and family from Husworth in 1789.

5th October 2020 - Barry Holdroyd is seeking information about Brickfield, Liversedge.

8th April 2020 - Diane Cothey is seeking information about Wormald Street, Heckmondwike.

14th November 2019 - Information about Isaac Button (Potter of Halifax) has been added to the webpage "Links to previous speakers" that John Hudson spoke about.

9th August 2019 - Chris Wood is seeking  information about the death bed confession of Ann Gill

31st July 2019 - Giles Wilcock is seeking information about the death of Hannah Haigh who's body was found in 1883