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Farnhill and Kildwick History Group

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Very little has been formally written or documented about the history of Farnhill or Kildwick. The aim of this group is to research and present its findings on this web site. Anyone who has information or memories to contribute please contact the web administrator. We usually meet each month in the Village Institute, please check the Events Diary for details. New members are always welcome. Regular updates and new articles feature here, so please bookmark this page.

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Last updated: 27/06/2020

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When the social history of the CV-19 pandemic comes to be written I do hope that there will be a section that shows how our sense of humour did not desert us.

Below, two of a series of updated 1930s-style railway posters sent to us by our good friends at the Keighley and District Digital Archive.

   
 

We are always pleased to hear about topics of historical interest that we might research - some of our most interesting articles have started out as suggestions made by visitors to this website. If you have any information on the history of Farnhill or Kildwick that you'd like to share with us, or would like us to investigate further, please email history@farnhill.co.uk.

Even if all you have is a short personal anecdote about life in our two villages, please write. We might be able to include your contribution on our Anecdotes & Snippets page.

A Selection from our Archive

Each month we aim to display a different selection of items from our archive of photographs and documents.

Do you have any interesting items to contribute to the archive ?
Please contact history@farnhill.co.uk

New and Updated Items
Last updated: 27/06/2020

What's new this month ?
 

 

Paintings and Drawings of Farnhill and Kildwick     First posted 27/06/2020

The History Group archive contains a number of scans of paintings and drawings of the two villages – some of them quite old, others more recent. Many are unsigned and/or undated. This slideshow contains a selection of them, in approximate chronological order.

Click the image opposite to view.

100 years ago link

Farnhill and Kildwick 100 years ago

Amongst other things happening in Farnhill and Kildwick 100 years ago, Kildwick school re-opened after a virus epidemic but several of the parents kept their children at home for a while longer (who says History can't be topical ?); someone was using the well near Spout House as a car-wash; and there was an interesting response to the post-war housing shortage.
 


Other recent additions and updates
 


 

Kildwick and Farnhill Brass Band (1866-1936)     Updated 29/05/2020

Another update to our piece on the Kildwick and Farnhill Brass Band. This update includes some more information on the early history of the band.
 


 

The Road from Keighley to Skipton - A journey of 1900 years     Updated 29/05/2020

From the Romans to the present day, the road from Keighley to Skipton has changed considerably. The route you would have taken depends on when you were travelling.

This update on the development of the road between Keighley and Skipton includes a photograph of one of the Keighley to Kendal Trunk Road mile-posts and a map of the 1976 proposal for Aire Valley Trunk Road.
 

 

The Harrisons in Australia     First posted 26/04/2020

A family history that begins in Kildwick in 1671 and continues, to this day, on the other side of the world.


 


 

1911 Coronation celebrations     Updated 25/01/2020

One of our on-going projects is to document how Farnhill and Kildwick celebrated the 20th century Coronations and Jubilees.

We've added another photograph to our article on the 1911 Coronation.

You can read this updated article, or you could view all our articles on the Coronations and Jubilees.

 

A Family at War - the Whitaker family in WW1     First posted 30/11/2019

The Farnhill WW1 Volunteers project restricted itself to those men – service men and volunteers – who were named on the list compiled for Farnhill Parish Council early in 1916. However, it was always likely that we would find that some names had been missed off this list and the project had not been going long before people started to mention the name Thomas Fielding Whitaker.

Now that the project has completed the bulk of its work, it has been possible to research TF Whitaker and, in doing so, we have found that there were three men from the family, all of whom were involved in the war, one way or another.

Read about the the Whitaker family in WW1.


 

 

Kildwick Parish Library - a new home     First posted 26/10/2019

At the end of 2018, the History Group was asked to help St. Andrew's Church find a new home for the Kildwick Parish Library, a collection of over 70 antique books, on various theological studies (and a cure for tooth-ache). In January 2019 a small group of us gathered in the Parish Rooms and began the task of photographing and cataloguing. A process that would lead, eventually, to the library been given a new home in the Rare Books Collection of York University.

Read about the Kildwick Parish Library.


 

 

Farnhill Hall - an archeological interpretation     First posted 28/09/2019

Some time ago, members of the History Group were given access to Farnhill Hall. Among the people who came along with us was Alison Armstrong, local archeologist of vernacular buildings. This is the report she subsequently wrote for us.


 


 

Slideshow - Building the Keighley to Kildwick dual-carriageway     Updated 27/07/2019

Do you remember when the dual-carriageway betwen Keighley and Kildwick was built ? Some photographs of the construction at the Kildwick end of the road have been donated to our archive and we've made them into a short slideshow.

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Mapping Farnhill and Kildwick slideshow     Updated 29/06/2019

Our archive includes a number of maps of Farnhill and Kildwick. Here are some, dating from 1577 to 2012 in approximately chronological order, made into a slideshow. It's interesting to see how views of the area have changed.

We've updated this slideshow with further maps contributed to our archive in the past year or so.
 

 

Educating Kildwick - some notes on schooling in the village     First posted 25/05/2019

The history of education in Kildwick could go back as far as Tudor times. With the help of two descendents of former masters of Kildwick school, this article provides an outline of schooling in the village from those earliest times up until the start of the 20th century.