Last year when I was in Yorkshire I didn’t know of my connection with Lily Hall, Heptonstall. Now I know that my gt gt gt grandparents lived there, William Whittam and his wife Sally (Farrar). After William died Sally had another child, Elizabeth Ann (Whittham) but that was three years after her father had died! On Elizabeth Ann’s second married she names her father as James Wrigley who turns out to be the guy who was living next door in Lily Hall. Today I was going to Lily Hall, to be taken inside by two of the current owners, David and his wife Anne.
I began the day with coffee morning at St Paul’s, King Cross Halifax. My gt gt grandmother is buried there> couldn’t locate her grave but Father Kevin is going to help me.
This is Mary at St. Paul’s King Cross describing the area of one up, one down houses where the Gledhills lived in the mid to late 1800s.
The Straw Race at Oxenhope is a charity fundraising event in which teams race a two-and-a-half mile course from the Wagon and Horses carrying a bale of straw. Teams are set off at regular intervals and are timed, with the fastest team being the winners; however it’s not a straighforward run to the finish as competitors must stop at set points on the way to drink a pint of beer. Much of the route is uphill; the entrants must also expect to be doused with buckets or water-pistols, which may be welcome if it’s a hot day! Record breakers take around fifteen minutes to finish while laggards can take hours.All who complete the course are presented with a medal at the finishing line. Many competitors choose to race in fancy dress and while it’s a serious money-raiser the atmosphere is lighthearted and fun. The views of the surrounding countryside are spectacular!
When I got back to Hebden Bridge THIS was happening!
In the evening I attended this: Enjoy the varied poetic styles and voices of Simon Armitage, Patience Agbabi, Jacob Polley, Kei Miller, Zaffar Kunial and Clare Shaw in Haworth’s Old School Room. This not-to-be-missed experience is open to all! I even got to hang out with three of the poets and the Bronte Parsonage outreach staff in the White Lion afterwards.