Birstall, Yorkshire
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

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

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 ...Read full memory

A memory of Birstall by Peter Armitage

Lambert's Confectioners Bond Street

My grandma & granddad (Ted & Janet Lambert) used to run a confectioners in the corner building at the top of Bond Street, a steep cobbled road then. They used to ...Read full memory

A memory of Birstall by Paul Robinson