Last piece of the Liversedge jigsaw


Liversedge is finally back on the map – with the help of artistic schoolchildren.

A ceremony was held at Sparrow Park on Friday to officially unveil an interpretation board which pupils from High Bank School in Windy Bank have helped to create.

It brings to an end a 10-year project by Spen Valley Civic Society – which started with a wish to mark the elusive ancient township of Liversedge, which is an address for so many residents of Spen Valley, but has no village centre of that name.

It then involved the society buying an overgrown untidy piece of land at the junction of Knowler Hill and Halifax Road, obtaining grants from the Veolia Trust, and countless hours of voluntary labour by Civic Society members and helpers.

As the site is close to historic Luddite events of 1812, this part of Liversedge’s history was incorporated via a grant by Kirklees Council’s Spen Valley Area Committee. It paid for the striking stainless steel Luddite sculpture which was installed last year to mark the 200th anniversary of the uprisings.

Historians contributed to the information boards, and finally, the youngsters from High Bank used their artistic skills to illustrate what life was like for children back in 1812.

The year six pupils were VIP guests at Friday’s ceremony, which was the last “jigsaw piece” of Sparrow Park. After the cutting of a ribbon and presentation, children tucked into buns and orange squash, and candles showed the date 1812.

As further “icing on the cake”, the Civic Society was informed recently that Sparrow Park is a Regional Finalist in the national Civic Trust Awards.

Secretary Erica Amende said: “Considering that our little park was made by a small number of amateur volunteers on a tight budget, we’re thrilled that it has been recognised alongside multi-million-pound projects like the Hepworth in Wakefield.

“We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved and we hope Sparrow Park will be enjoyed and appreciated by Spen Valley people for years to come.”

High Bank teacher Sarah Rees said the pupils were thrilled to have been involved in the project and delighted to see their work on public display.