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Historic maps of Heckmondwike and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Heckmondwike maps
Heckmondwike area books
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Memories of Heckmondwike
Gomersal Working Mens Club
Does anyone have any pictures of Gomersal Working Mens Club. I was born there in 1957 and my parents were the Landlord and Landlady - Mr & Mrs Potter. I would love to see some pictures of the house and hear of any memories people may have of the place. My brother was 16 in 1957 and I believe the Club ran rock 'n' roll nights?
If you were born in the 1960s and went to Mirfield Secondary School you may recall that there was a young girl who was in foster care. She was put into the care of some ex-school teacher who had a daughter the same age! This foster mother was a member of some occult group and would often try to force her into being a member of the occult. Many school children would by-pass the house because they were deeply afraid of the woman, and rightfully so, as I have seen what harm she did to this young girl. I do know that some young boy tried to go on the run with the young girl but were soon to be caught by the police; were you that young boy, possibly 12- 13 years of age, or did you know this girl? I know who she is by name, as when I was in my thirties I was her boyfriend and whilst with her I experienced many strange happenings, I wished... Read more
Heckmondwike in The Early 1960s
I remember the market so well, it was the heart of Heckmondwike. You could buy anything from it, including clothes, meat and veg. The pork pies sold there were beautiful, and the beef dripping. I remember buying a dress from Rothery's stall, she let me take it home to try on. It was the height of fashion for me then, in black and white and very short too. I loved it.
So many memories oh Heckmondwike when I was growing up.
My Grandad H. Wood
I am the grandson of Harold Wood, the son of Enid his daughter, who is now the last desendent of H. Wood who is now 82. My grandfather started the buseness in 1922 with one vehicle. In 1965 after building the business to over 500+ vehicles he retired. In his retirement he enjoyed family holidays, his garden, jigsaws, the bigger the better, and cooking. He was an active man with lots of hobbies until his death.
Harold Wood & Sons Ltd Bulk Liquid Transporters
I am looking for info on what has happened to a very large firm I worked for decades ago now, namely Harold Wood & Sons Ltd, Wormald Street, Heckmondwyke. It was a very, very busy firm of bulk liquid haulage contractors. Having recently returned to my home town of Brighouse after over 30 years working and living in Cheshire I have been retracing my youth and when visiting Heckmondwyke I was surprised to find that people I talked to had no idea about Harold Wood's at all. It was a huge firm and having visited the site the blue railings are still there but the Offices/Canteen/Huge Garage complex have been demolished and been replaced by other industrial buildings. I would love to hear from anyone who worked for HW's or from anyone who can tell me what became of them. My time with them was in the very early 1960s and it was the firm that gave me the spur to my ultimate job for the rest of my... Read more
In winter time the fog and smog could last several days, and never clear. Coming from a seaside town, I found the first winter very depressing, but after 3 years I did not want to leave. The mills were very impressive, as were the number of churches around the town; and I recall the latter being well attended on Sundays. What about the tripe shop at the front of the Red Lion, facing the Market Place? When I first asked what it was attached to the pub, and told "a tripe shop", I thought I was having my leg pulled. I could never understand why the fish and chip shops were open on a Monday teatime. They never did at home, as the Monday evening dinner was the remains of the joint from Sunday.