Month: July 2017 (page 3 of 3)

July 7 Searching for Wrigleys – again!


A stormy sky but it didn’t mizzle until 8pm. This block of 6 homes rising directly out of the Rochdale canal are very photogenic. I was here to meet Diana who lives in the dwelling with red windows. She was having an open garden in memory of one Rev Fawcett’s 200th anniversary. The garden is on the side nearest the camera. 


Chatting with Diana in her lovely terraced garden. She’s another local history buff and my host knows her. That’s what i like about this place – it’s small enough for all these personal connections. 


Diana offered to escort me to the family history center in the town at some point. I’d been trying to work out which house the Wrigleys lived in and thought it could be one of this block. It turned out that Diana knew of the Wrigleys and pointed out which house she believes they lived in. It’s tricky because not only have many of the houses been pulled down and therefore the numbering  system is all messed up but many streets have changed their names entirely since the early 1800’s!


 The building on the left is where Diana believes the Wrigleys lived. they had a painting, plastering and renovation business dating back as far as my great great great grreat grandfather James Wrigley. Funnily enough I’d had a drink at The Railway two days before!


The inside of Hope Chapel. Today they are removing the scaffolding. The renovation was needed after the tremendous flood on Boxing Day, 2015 when the buildings in the centre of town were submerged by 6 feet of water. I had tea and a slice of the best ever Victoria sandwich with ‘the ladies’ and eventually one of them remembered a Wrigleys decorating business in town, and another lady remembered that it was next door to the Railway pub!


Thee letterheads dating from 1862, 1867 and 1931 were sent to me from New Zealand where some of the Wrigleys emigrated to in the 1880s. Rochdale to Heptonstall to Hebden Bridge to New Zealand and Australia!


The door of Hope Baptist Chapel


I spent a couple of hours in the library looking at microfilms of the Hebden Bridge Times.


I found the announcement of my great great great grandfather’s death – James Wrigley of Lily Hall (the next door neighbour of the widowed Sally Whitham nee Farrar. 

July 6th

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. IMG_2023IMG_2025IMG_2030IMG_2032IMG_2034


David and Anne of Lily Hall


David and Anne with Lily and Finn


Fishing competition outside my mill

July 5 A Hike


View from t’ tops in Norland


Foreboding sky, but the rain stay away


These Gledhills are everywhere! This is Norland cemetery


Sheep above Halifax – they are the very reason for its existence


The magnificent railway viaduct in Copley – again!


Canal walk from Colpey into Sowerby Bridge


Now a cafe, I had lunch here with Sarah last week. We didn’t know of its history at the time.


A well deserved drink in the Hogs Head Brewery in Sowerby Bridge after our 10.9 mile hike.


Hmmmm . . . .long hike!

July 4


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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.


A ‘real’ pancake in the Borough Market in Halifax


In the reference library I saw a flier for a walking tour of the King Cross area at 2pm. It was 1:45. I jumped on a bus and just managed to join the group as it was just setting forth from the Old St. Paul’s church – now just the spire remains. I was staggered to see how many many had shown up! It was 2 1/2 hours long and for some of the time it rained heavily.


A ‘one up, one down’ house


The tour visited the church I had been to earlier in the day! What I hadn’t noticed in the morning was the war memorial book that was actually on the page commemorating two members of the Gledhill family. Father Kevin turns the page each day, and it had just happened to be turned to the Gledhills yesterday!


The original Macintosh’s toffee factory


McVitie’s biscuits


On the spur of the moment I decided to see if there were any seats still available for Twelfth Night at the Town Hall courtyard in Hebden Bridge. It was a wonderful production by 5 performers who were also skilled musicians on multiple instruments. It was sad to see such a sparse audience but a whole troop of boy scouts came for the first half. 


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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.

July 4

July 3 A Day in the town


Buildings on New Road. The Wrigley family lived here . . .


. . .  or here!


One of the Wrigley brothers worked on the restoration of Hope Chapel on New Road.


Late afternoon at The Railway

July 2 The Oxenhope Straw Race, and music in Hebden Bridge


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!IMG_1840


A big difference in the way an American audience would be held at bay, the band cordoned off behind a barrier. Here, the audience get can up close to the performers. 



The band were joined by the Calderdale Youth brass band


They start them young here!


When I got back to my mill I heard music. I thought it was coming from the park, so I went out onto my balcony and saw this in next door’s garden


A choir rehearsing Georgian music! 

July 1 A Day at Heptonstall Festival – An Evening with Simon Armitage


Chicken curry and a pint of Wainwright’s



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.


The Old school room built by Patrick Bronte for Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell to teach the village children.


Simon Armitage sat directly in front of me.


Kei Miller in action


Simon Armitage reading his poetry.


Oh, my dream came true!

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With  poets Kei Miller, Zaffar Kunial and Patience Agbabi and the outreach staff after the readings


A caption I helped to write last year!


The ‘new’ church, Heptonstall


The English countryside . . .


. . . .in all its glory


How sweet



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