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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: 29/06/2019

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History Group Diary

Sat, Aug 10th, 10-12am - The Craven Museum Roadshow will be at the Institute. Come along and see some of the exhibits from Craven Museum, and slideshows of Old Farnhill & Kildwick. Bring along items / old photographs / documents, etc. to be examined and photographed by Museum staff and members of the Local History Group.
Admission free; tea and coffee available.

Craven Museum Roadshow to visit Farnhill

While Craven Museum is being refurbished, some of the Museum's exhibits are being toured around local venues.

The History Group is pleased to announce that the Craven Museum Roadshow will be in Farnhill on Saturday August 10th, between 10 and 12am, at the Kildwick and Farnhill Institute, Main Street, Farnhill.

Please come along - entry is free - and if you have any artifacts, documents or photographs of historical interest, bring them along and show the Museum staff.

Members of the History Group will be on hand to examine items of local interest, and slideshows of Old Farnhill & Kildwick will be shown.

Coffee & tea will be available.

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

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

New and Updated Items
Last updated: 29/06/2019

What's new this month ?

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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.

Anecdotes link

Anecdotes and Snippets

When do you think the metric system was first taught at Kildwick school ? It may be earlier than you think.

Click here to find out.

100 years ago link

Farnhill and Kildwick 100 years ago

This month 100 years ago, in June 1919, as life continued to return to normal in Farnhill and Kildwick with the reforming of the Kildwick and District Brass Band, the signing of the Treaty of Versailles brought WW1 to its close. Ferdinand Foch, the Supreme Commander of Allied forces was dismissive of the Treaty, saying: "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years". He underestimated things - by two months.

Other recent additions and updates


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.



Keighley's "1920's Boy" - a Farnhill connection     First posted 27/04/2019

In the 1970s, Stanley Boardman, formerly a sign-writer in Keighley, created a series of paintings and drawings of scenes from his childhood. They were subsequently collected under the title "1920's Boy".

Before starting on these iconic pieces, however, Stanley created a number of murals for Kildwick & Farnhill Institute.

Slideshows of some of Stanley's "1920's Boy" pictures, along with images taken recently in the Institute building, have been created by Tim Neal of Keighley and District Local History Society.


A proposed housing development - Farnhill 1873     First posted 29/01/2019

These days it seems that there are housing developments wherever you look, with many of them being contentious. However, none of the developments currently proposed for Farnhill will have anything like the impact that a plan put forward in 1873 would have had on the village had it gone ahead.


Kildwick and Farnhill Brass Band (1866-1936)     Updated 29/12/2018

Another update to our piece on the Kildwick and Farnhill Brass Band. This update includes some more photographs connected to the band.


Some accounts of the Armistice     First posted 24/11/2018

This article, from the Farnhill WW1 Volunteers website, examines the thoughts of some local people on Armistice Day - 11th November 1918.