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Mytholmroyd Historical Society | A website about the history of Mytholmroyd and how to become a member.

Welcome To The Mytholmroyd Historical Society

This website displays information about Mytholmroyd Historical Society which is intended to be of interest and we welcome anyone interested in becoming a New Member.

All meetings will be held at St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd, doors open at 7pm, meetings start at 7:30pm.
All talks and the two walks are free to Members. Visitors pay £3.00. Annual Membership £10.00.
Everyone welcome, just turn up on the night.

Next Event

  • Friday 10th June – meet at St Michael’s Church car park at 6.30pm. We will go by car to the Luddenden car park on Luddenden Lane, so please bring a passenger or two if you possibly can do. If you wish, you can go directly to the Luddenden car park, and we will start from there at 6.45pm. We shall be looking at the history of St. Mary’s Church, and Rodney Collinge will be showing a slide show in St. Mary’s to illustrate this and we can then look around the church for a short time. There will then be another slide show also in the church on the old mills of the Luddenden Valley and the Cold Edge dams water system which powered the water wheels from which they derived their energy. As we walk up to the church from the car park, we shall look at some old remains of both the water system and also the Church history. We shall finish at about 8.30pm.

William Edmondson took many photos in the 1960s, his family have kindly donated the images so that they could be displayed on the Mytholmroyd Historical Society Website. There are photographs of Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, if you would like to see the photos, please click on the relevant link on the “View Image Gallery” section at the top left of this webpage.

This report comes to you from Mike Darke, our Press Officer:-

Sadly this latest report of Mytholmroyd Historical Society contains the news that as our local village Historical Society we will very shortly be forced to terminate our existence.
We have been in existence for 30 years as we were started in 1992 inspired by the late Jack Uttley and during this time due to various people under various Chairmanships we have had an annual programme of monthly Winter lectures, Summer evening local trips, an annual day excursion and various exhibitions and heritage days and a Christmas AGM followed by Quiz and refreshments.
Our imminent closure as a Society is because we cannot attract members and indeed new blood to take on various roles despite numerous appeals made by existing Committee members who have always stated they are not a self-perpetuating body.
However, due to either other commitments, old age or permanent illness Committee members feel that they can no longer carry on and at the moment we urgently need a new Chairman and a Speaker Finder. Some Committee members are willing to continue to help new committee members if necessary but we most definitely require a new Chairman and Speaker finder as neither can continue their roles and nobody from the existing Committee as stated can take on their roles. Hence, the inevitable conclusion that sadly we shall have to terminate the Society.
As regards the Speaker Finder role, the present person is Rodney Collinge who has done a very fine job and has a programme of Speakers for the next Winter programme already lined up but he indicated some 12 months ago he would be relinquish this role this Summer.
If the Society is to continue therefore, the choice is simple. Either these two roles or a new Committee is formed from existing members and non-members and friends of the Society or we fold.
The present Committee has decided that due to lack of support to cancel the planned day excursion to Liverpool as we as a Society cannot afford the financial loss it would incur. Those who have paid a deposit or the amount in full should contact the Treasure on 01422 885873 as regards repayment.
As regards the Platinum Jubilee there will be a small display telling about the Society In the Erringden Room and in the Church Hall on the first Saturday in June which is the 4th June from 10.00 -12.00.

On the morning of Saturday 2nd July at 11.00am there will be a short service at Mytholmroyd war memorial conducted by Rev Cathy Reardon to commemorate the centenary of the unveiling of the war memorial and the memorial gardens on 2nd July 1922, and it is hoped that many of the local community will be able to attend. There will be an exhibition of the history of the memorial and those remembered by it, and some notable men who survived, in the church hall from 11:30am until 3pm. There will also be an opportunity for people to bring any WW1 and WW2 items to be looked at and researched for free by local military historians. In addition there are over 20 graves in the churchyard which commemorate those who died in both world wars. These will be indicated by a short history placed on each grave to giving information about the man/woman buried in or remembered on it for people to read. Refreshments will be available and the Royal British Legion (RBL) have been invited to attend with a fundraising stall. The event is free but donations to the RBL would be most welcome.
Last Friday evening about 20 people were led on a Mytholmroyd village walk by Diane Harwood which was the first of two village walks the next being Luddenden.

Mike Darke Press Officer

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