Discover forgotten or little known moments from Bingley history…
Here’s a little background information from the author:
A Middle Road: 14 years ago I moved to Bingley knowing little about the town or the local area but interested in finding out more.
I found a number of books written by local historians over the last 100 years but felt that some of these were either full of detail with few images or full of images with little detail. This prompted me to think that a book offering a “middle road” combining some interesting detail (which did not saturate the reader with too much information), together with relevant photographs, might provide a useful history resource.
Consequently I have spent the last 12 years researching the book through Bradford Libraries and Shipley College, Saltaire Archives. Some of my research has been published in article form in the Prosider and the book includes the content of some of these articles, plus many new and unpublished chapters and photographs.
The text is intended to identify “forgotten” or little known “moments” from the history of Bingley and surrounding area in a way that captures the atmosphere of the event and of the time. These are divided into four Sections.
Section One is a Timeline from 1120 to 2011 identifying key historical events in: Baildon, Bingley, Crossflats, Cottingley, Cullingworth, Eldwick,Harden, Howarth, Micklethwaite, Morton, Saltaire, Shipley and Wilsden.
Section Two (1600’s and 1700’s) looks at the new transport infrastructures in the Bingley area which were needed to support changing markets.
Section Three (1800’s) covers the necessities of the industrial revolution in terms of working conditions and change from a system of “squirearchy to new money and mill owner patronage. The effects of this on Victorian leisure time particularly with reference to Shipley Glen are explored.
Section Four (1900’s) explores leisure events from three different decades, two with tragic outcomes. A chapter on the flight of the airship Hindenberg over the Aire Valley sets an unusual context on the history of the local area.
The book comprises a number of Chapters including:
- 800 years of Bingley Market
- Ireland Bridge
- Bingley’s Transport network, Stagecoaches, Turnpike Roads, Railway and Canal
- How the Chartist Plug Plots closed Bingley mills
- Disraeli’s visit to Bingley and Druids Altar
- The Little Siege of Bingley and the role of the Chelsea Pensioners
- William Morris and the Pre Raphaelites in Bingley, Harden and Silsden
- The Building of Milner Field
- The Bingley Boiler Explosion
- Early Development of Shipley Glen
- The Japanese Gardens – Shipley Glen
- Haworth Gala Parachute Tragedy
- Happy Valley Pleasure Grounds Harden
- Hindenberg over the Aire Valley
- First BBC Radio Broadcast from Bingley Wilfred Pickles and Have a Go.
My intention is to provide readers with a book which brings history out of the archives and into their living room in a manner which is both readable and interesting. I hope that the book may also encourage readers to visit, research or generally find out for themselves more about Bingley and Surrounds in terms of some of the “moments” I have chosen to describe in the book. Better still if you are stimulated to find and research your own “moments”.
Alan Cattell – Read more from Alan Cattell