Talks and walks on Luddenden’s history

Luddenden Heritage day: Geoffrey and Joyce Hirst with one of the photos which will be on display.
Luddenden Heritage day: Geoffrey and Joyce Hirst with one of the photos which will be on display.

Community chiefs in Luddenden have organised their heritage day for next weekend.

The Luddenden Conservation Society have planned a number of events in the village on Saturday July 7, with most taking place in St Mary’s Church.

From 10.15am there will be a series of talks along the theme of mills in the Luddenden Valley, followed by guided walks.

The first talk, by Rodney Collinge, is on the Cold Edge Dams water system, which provided the power for most of the mills through the use of water wheels.

The second talk, by Keith Pickles, ex-production manager at Oats Royd mills, is called Oats Royd mill and the manufactures of worsted.

The third, by Kim Wynne of Wainstalls, is called The Wainstalls Waifs, and deals with the use of young children from the orphanages of Liverpool in the mills at Wainstalls.

There will be a choice of two guided walks. One, led by Iain Cameron, of the Calderdale Guided Walks Unit, will come down the path of the water system from Cold Edge dams above Wainstalls, and transport will be available to take people up there.

The second, led by Tony Hillyard from the Conservation Society, will look at all the key buildings in Luddenden.

An exhibition of memorabilia will be on display in the church and lunch will be available from 12.30pm.

In the afternoon, Ian Dewhirst of Keighley will give a talk at 2pm on Workers’ Pastimes in Earlier Years. Mr. Dewhirst is well known throughout West Yorkshire for his talks

There will then be two further guided walks

There will also be 24 large photographs will be set up around the village.

The Conservation Society has also produced a booklet “Down Memory Lane”, with stories from 15 people of what Luddenden was like in past times, and this will be on sale throughout the day. All proceeds from the day are for the work of the Luddenden Conservation Society in the village.