Spen’s incredible histories

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I have had a very enjoyable weekend. On Friday I attended the opening ceremony of the children’s notice board on Knowler Hill which has been put together by children of High Bank School.

The noticeboard sits alongside the Luddite statue and describes the life of children in 1812.

The work at Sparrow Park is a credit to the Spen Valley Civic Society which has gone some way to putting an important part of the history of Liversedge on the map.

On Saturday I visited the Yorkshire Art Fair at Gomersal Public Hall, The quality of art produced by local people was outstanding. Money was also raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

On Sunday I helped out at the Red House Museum where the Bronte Society was celebrating the 197th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte’s birthday. On display was a copy of Charlotte Bronte’s wedding dress and hat.

Imelda Marsden, life member of the Bronte Society gave a brief introduction to Charlotte’s life and her book Shirley and the connections with the local area.

Local historian Jim Summerscales gave us a fascinating afternoon of what life was like in Liversedge during the Luddite uprising of 1812. Jim has a fascinating background with family connections to the Luddites – and one of his relatives invented the lawnmower!

Jim’s talks are informative and witty and he was much appreciated by a receptive audience.

JOHN APPLEYARD

Firthcliffe Parade

Liversedge