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 ...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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Birstall by cbroa7

Jack Garside And Mucky Minnie

Does anyone remember 'Spring-heeled Jack' and 'Mucky Minnie', the local tramp and his partner from the market place? Well, we do, and we also bought his house to sell on. My husband still has the scars from the flea bites to prove it.

A memory of Birstall by Carole Firth