The Spen Valley Historical Society was founded in 1972 and 2020 will be our 48th 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 will not be able to meet again this year.

For more information our contact details are


tel 0786 631 0162

or spenvalleyhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

tel 0797 193 8010

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.

Our History At Risk

A planning application, 2019/62/91239/E, has been submitted to Kirklees Council to demolish The Shears Inn on Halifax Road, Liversedge.  Objections can be submitted via the Kirklees Council website portal by using the link above.

Some of the Luddite Rioters in 1812 took refuge at The Shears.

Legend has it that men were tortured by the Rev. Roberson using aqua fortis (nitric acid). In his death throes John Booth asked his interrogator  “Can thi keep a secret?” Thinking he was about to receive the names of co-conspirators Roberson leaned forward and said he could, whereupon Booth replied “So can I” and died there and then.

A fuller account of the part played in the riots by The Shears Inn can be accessed here from the Spen Valley Civic Society website.

Further information can be found at the BBC by following this link.

--------------+++++--------------------What's New--------------------+++++-------------

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

7th November 2018 - Dave Dickinson is seeking information about a Stationery Shop in Liversedge circa 1903.