Heckmondwike, Yorkshire
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

My Grandad Hwood

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, ...Read full memory

Heckmondwike Itself

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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Heckmondwike

Cinemas In The 1950s

In the 1950s there were two cinemas, 'The Pavilion' and 'The Palace' and every Christmas there was the famous Heckmondwike Illuminations which ran for the full length of the town and attracted thousands of visitors from a wide area. For many years my grandfather George Arthur Fisher ran a greengrocer's stall on the market.