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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: 26/10/2019

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History Group Diary

"WW1 - 101" exhibition, Saturday 9/11/2019, 10.00am - 12.00, free admission
A selection of the display boards and a slideshow from last year's WW1 exhibition will be on display, upstairs in the Institute, to commemorate 101 years since the end of WW1.

"Follow the Fleece", Friday 22/11/2019, 7.30pm, admission £7.50
Musical theatre telling the history of the wool trade in Airedale. Admission includes refreshments. Advance tickets from


WW1 - 101 Exhibition

If you didn't get a chance to see the WW1 "From Farnhill to the Front" exhibition last year (or if you'd like to have another look), a selection of the display boards and a slideshow will be on display, upstairs in the Institute, to commemorate 101 years since the end of WW1. Saturday 9/11/2019, 10.00am - 12.00. Free admission.

Follow the Fleece

"Follow the Fleece", a musical theatre piece, with a cast of 20+, tells the history of the wool trade in Airedale. It was first produced about 10 years ago and was very successful when it toured the area. The production has now been revived and a performance will be given at Farnhill Institute, at 7.30pm on Friday November 22nd. Admission £7.50, includes interval tea/coffee. Advance tickets are available from

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 ?
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New and Updated Items
Last updated: 26/10/2019

What's new this month ?


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.


100 years ago link

Farnhill and Kildwick 100 years ago

100 years ago, in the month that architect's designs for the War Memorial arrived in the village, 30-year old James Pollard, recently returned home after four years service in France, died of pneumonia.

Other recent additions and updates


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.



1953 Coronation celebrations     Updated 27/07/2019

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

We've made updates to our article on the 1953 Coronation.

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


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.



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.