At last we have our place on the map!
No-one can say now that they don’t know where Liversedge is.
The new park opened last weekend is as near the centre of the old Manor of Liversedge as you could get, as the Information Board explains.
The added bonus is that it also commemorates the incident which really did put Liversedge on the map 200 years ago – the Luddite attack on Rawfolds Mill which was to be a turning point in the Luddite story.
And what a fantastic weekend of celebrations last week. All thanks to the hard work of the Spen Valley Civic Society who continue to provide us with inspirational reminders of the Spen Valley’s rich history.
On Friday night there was a celebration of the Titanic at the Dewsbury Minster showing the 1950s black and white film with actor Kenneth More, readings and, in the interval, a ‘third class supper’ with Titanic beer. In the second half the film was shown in silence and the Minster organist played all through. We were fed, watered and entertained – a superb evening.
On Saturday morning there was the unveiling of the Luddite statue at Sparrow Park, Liversedge.
The Spen Valley Civic Society had worked very hard over six years to create this, so well done to them. The Rev Patrick Brontë would have been proud of them.
Guests then went to the reception at the Shears pub where the Luddites had met to plan their attacks in 1812. Well done to the landlord Paul Black and his staff – who were dressed in costume – and their Luddite beer.
On Saturday afternoon we were at Holly Bank school (formerly Roe Head where the Brontë sisters had attended) in Mirfield, where I presented Two talks with a Difference. One was with William Carwright, aka David Pinder dressed as Cartwright, the Rawfolds mill owner, about his mill being attacked by the Luddites. After the interval the next speaker, who was supposed to talk about Charlotte Brontë’s novel Shirley, which features the Luddites’ attacks, was held up at Skipton Castle, so retired teacher Barbara Lumb came to the rescue and talked about the novel. Barbara’s book on the Spen Valley is to come out later this year. A Bronte descendant of Rev Patrick Brontë’s sister, Sarah, was present.
Life member of the Brontë Society