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Birstall, Yorkshire
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Birstall and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

My Dad The Rag Man

My dad was born in Howden Clough but he had a rag warehouse at the Smithies cross roads opposite the Grey hound pub. He used to buy old clothing and rags from people known as 'totters' or from householders who took them to him. The 'totters' used many types of transport to collect and move their old clothing on. Some used ...Read full memory

A memory of Birstall by Peter Armitage

Cinema On A Saturday As A Boy

I grew up in Driglington late 50s/ 60s and remember going to watch Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy, now that was another lifetime ago. As I got a bit older lots of us drig lads used to visit a coffee shop in the main street - cannot remember its name, and met lots of Birstall girls there.  I also remember ...Read full memory

A memory of Birstall by cbroa7

St Peter's Church At Birstall

My "sixth" great grandparents James Norfolk and Mary Wilson were married in St Peter's Church at Birstall. This was on 3rd September 1690. If any other person following up family history at this parish has a connection with either of these two 6 X great grandparents I would be very pleased to hear from you. I ...Read full memory