Heckmondwike, Yorkshire
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Heckmondwike by Jan Mason

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.

Toffee Smith

The best stall in the market was Toffee Smith's sweet caravan, when it wasn't on the market it was parked up Oxford Road, Gomersal.